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Murray Irrigation welcomes new technical panel

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Murray Irrigation has welcomed the new Modernisin­g Murray River Systems technical panel, announced by Federal Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt.

The panel, chaired by Dr John McVeigh, will look for water infrastruc­ture opportunit­ies that could improve delivery and reliabilit­y of water right across the southern basin.

Murray Irrigation chair Steve Fawns said the panel was an acknowledg­ement of unique issues being faced in the southern basin, including the NSW Murray, and the need to find solutions that can improve delivery of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Murray Irrigation has developed its Regional Recovery Prospectus 20212026, which includes a suite of projects that enable smarter use of existing parcels of water to achieve both environmen­tal and agricultur­al outcomes.

“Discussion­s on our prospectus have taken place with Mr Pitt and numerous other political leaders, and we believe it can play a role

in guiding infrastruc­ture priorities for the new panel,” Mr Fawns said.

Mr Pitt has announced that Dr McVeigh will help establish an independen­t panel of experts from fields such as hydrology, engineerin­g, infrastruc­ture, and ecology.

Together they will conduct a 12 month assessment of the future readiness of the southern Murray-Darling Basin water delivery infrastruc­ture in the new financial year.

“The panel will assess whether existing infrastruc­ture and the significan­t investment­s over the past decades are able to meet the needs of a modern, future-focused river system,”

Mr Pitt said.

“The panel will develop a priority list of infrastruc­ture opportunit­ies to improve water security for all water users and mitigate the impact of future floods and droughts on Basin communitie­s.”

Under the Federal Government’s 2022 MurrayDarl­ing Communitie­s Investment Package, Murray Irrigation will receive $35.1 million to improve existing water delivery infrastruc­ture across its footprint.

Mr Fawns highlighte­d that Murray Irrigation has other “shovel ready” projects that can help improve water delivery efficiency, while providing environmen­tal benefits and increasing the availabili­ty of water for food and fibre production.

“Our region can help ease the cost-of-living pressures which Australian­s are facing, by producing more food and fibre for domestic consumptio­n,” Mr Fawns said.

“All we need is ongoing government commitment to working with us to ensure we maximise the benefits of our available water resource.

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