Cer­tainty of­fered for MDBP

Central and North Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

THE Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion has wel­comed the ex­pi­ra­tion of the par­lia­men­tary dis­al­lowance pe­riod for the North­ern Basin Re­view in­stru­ment, pro­vid­ing cer­tainty for farm­ers, ir­ri­ga­tion-re­liant com­mu­ni­ties and the en­vi­ron­ment.

QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said the Se­nate could no longer re­peal the NBR through a dis­al­lowance mo­tion, mean­ing north­ern Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin com­mu­ni­ties would re­tain an ex­tra 70GL of wa­ter while still de­liv­er­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes.

“The NBR will pro­vide much-needed cer­tainty for Queens­land farm­ers and Basin com­mu­ni­ties and rep­re­sents a work­able way to achieve en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes while min­imis­ing the eco­nomic and so­cial im­pacts on many Basin com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“With the NBR locked in, 36GL less wa­ter will now be re­cov­ered from Queens­land – a much-needed and wel­come re­prieve.”

PHOTO: DAVID BARWELL

BASIN PLAN­NING: QFF has wel­comed the ex­pi­ra­tion of par­lia­men­tary dis­al­lowance.

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