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Setting the basin plan record straight

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July 12, 2017

Setting the basin plan record straight

After reading Geoff Adams’ article (‘Plan critics told to be patient, Country News, July 4) in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan — particularly the comments from the Victorian Water Minister — I thought it was important to set the record straight when it comes to the basin plan.

The basin plan, agreed in 2012, is legislated to recover water outcomes equivalent to 3200Gl per annum by 2024, not 2750Gl as claimed by Minister Lisa Neville.

The Commonwealth Government and all basin ministers — including Minister Neville — have commissioned consultants Ernst and Young to provide a ‘how to deliver’ plan for the 450Gl of water not a ‘can we deliver’ plan.

We must all work together for the long-term health of the Darling and Murray rivers.

Australia relies on the river system for critical human need and to grow the food our nation and the world consumes.

It is entirely possible to deliver the water our rivers desperately need for their health and also have thriving regional communities; it need not be one or the other.

—Ian Hunter

South Australia

Water Minister

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