Basin plan needs strength behind it
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.