Keelty to oversee water use
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.’’