Keelty to over­see wa­ter use

Shepparton News - Country News - - REAL ESTATE -

For­mer Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice com­mis­sioner Mick Keelty has been re­cruited to make sure wa­ter users in the northern basin are do­ing the right thing.

The highly dec­o­rated po­lice of­fi­cer will be­come the northern basin com­mis­sioner to make sure the northern basin re­view is im­ple­mented and the rules of the Mur­rayDar­ling Basin Plan are fol­lowed.

Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud said there was no bet­ter per­son to take on the job.

‘‘Mick Keelty spent decades keep­ing Aus­tralians safe and now he’ll be keep­ing pre­cious wa­ter safe,’’ Mr Lit­tleproud said.

‘‘As com­mis­sioner he strength­ened the AFP and made it a world-class se­cu­rity force.

‘‘He will help give com­mu­ni­ties up and down the basin con­fi­dence in the Mur­rayDar­ling Basin Plan.’’

Na­tional Ir­ri­ga­tors Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Steve Whan wel­comed the an­nounce­ment.

‘‘The for­mer AFP com­mis­sioner is an out­stand­ing choice,’’ he said.

‘‘The com­mis­sioner has a big job, but he is, in many ways, the fi­nal piece in a jig­saw puz­zle of sig­nif­i­cant ac­tion that has taken place over the past 12 months.’’

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