North­ern Basin Re­view amend­ment is passed

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

COT­TON Aus­tralia has con­grat­u­lated the Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment on pass­ing the North­ern Basin Re­view amend­ment and restor­ing bi­par­ti­san sup­port for the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan.

The ex­pi­ra­tion of the par­lia­men­tary dis­al­lowance pe­riod means the NBR amend­ments are now a per­ma­nent part of the basin plan.

This is good news for com­mu­ni­ties in the north­ern Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin, with wa­ter re­cov­ery be­ing re­duced by 70GL, and im­prov­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes.

In ad­di­tion, a range of other ‘tool­kit mea­sures’ to boost en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes have been funded and will now be im­ple­mented.

Cot­ton Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Michael Mur­ray said north­ern basin com­mu­ni­ties now had cer­tainty.

“Cot­ton Aus­tralia wel­comes this news as it puts to rest any doubt over the fu­ture of the MDBP and al­lows us all to get on with the busi­ness of im­ple­ment­ing the plan in full and on time,” Mr Mur­ray said.

“We must now fo­cus on the con­tent of the plan and im­ple­ment it in a way that will max­imise en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes by us­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter avail­able.”

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