The Victorian Government has succeeded in convincing Murray-Darling Basin governments to scrap the Goulburn River constraints project and to start a new one.
The project would have generated ways of using environmental water more efficiently and would have resulted in less water being diverted from consumptive users.
The Victorian Government announced recently it will develop a new Goulburn constraints project that must be accepted by the community, be feasible and be based on improved data and on-the-ground knowledge.
Federal and state government ministers agreed to the development of a new plan at the Murray-Darling Ministerial Council meeting in Canberra on June 16.
Victoria reiterated its position that any constraints project will not flood private property without consent, nor require compulsory land acquisitions.
Supply measures are works, river operations or rule changes that enable the use of less water but still achieve the plan’s environmental outcomes.
The agreement reached at the council meeting also signed off on up to 650Gl worth of environmental works and measures to meet the plan’s target of 2750Gl, and included projects to provide environmental benefits in the basin.
The Victorian Government also stressed the need for a comprehensive socio-economic review of water savings measures, to look at the real impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s implementation so far, as well as any further measures to recover an additional 450Gl with neutral or positive socio-economic impact.