Basin plan needs strength be­hind it

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

THE Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) is call­ing for Basin Gov­ern­ments to fo­cus on strength­en­ing the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Plan, rather than pulling it down.

The call comes fol­low­ing the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Author­ity’s (MDBA) re­lease of a re­view of plan com­pli­ance on Satur­day.

NFF vice-pres­i­dent and wa­ter task­force chair Les Gor­don said the re­view raised is­sues war­rant­ing care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion but was not cause for ques­tion­ing the plan it­self.

“The prac­tices of the ma­jor­ity of Basin ir­ri­ga­tors com­ply fully with the regulations gov­ern­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of wa­ter.

“This isn’t a sub­jec­tive state­ment but one based on fact,” he said.

The re­view how­ever, high­lights is­sues with the man­age­ment of wa­ter from ‘un­reg­u­lated rivers’, which Mr Gor­don said was an on­go­ing chal­lenge.

“Farm­ers, gov­ern­ments and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties will need to com­mit to con­tinue to work to­gether to max­imise eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial out­comes, as out­lined in the North­ern Basin Re­view,” he said.

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