Water

Call for honest analysis of basin plan impacts

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December 25, 2017

Campaspe Shire Mayor and the six-council group’s chair Adrian Weston stopped short of echoing others’ calls for a ‘‘pause’’ to the basin plan, but said it was important to slow down and take stock of what had been achieved before moving forward.

The Murray River Group of Councils have called for a ‘‘fair dinkum’’ examination of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan at the upcoming Ministerial Council meeting.

Campaspe Shire Mayor and the six-council group’s chair Adrian Weston stopped short of echoing others’ calls for a ‘‘pause’’ to the basin plan, but said it was important to slow down and take stock of what had been achieved before moving forward.

The Murray River Group of Councils called on Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville to communicate the efforts of northern Victorian communities to get environmental outcomes for the whole basin.

‘‘We’ve held up our end of the bargain. We’ve delivered what we said we would, we’ve innovated, and we want that to be acknowledged,’’ he said.

‘‘Let’s understand what we’ve been able to achieve before we start conversations to deliver 450Gl of South Australian water.’’

Cr Weston reiterated the need for an ‘‘honest’’ analysis of the socio-economic impacts of the basin plan, calling for a report that examined the local, agricultural, district and regional impacts with no ‘‘whitewashing’’ or ‘‘sweeping it under the rug’’.

‘‘If the report is not fair dinkum and doesn’t reflect what we see and our communities have seen, then that’s only going to further contribute to mistrust within the community for those responsible for developing the plan,’’ Cr Weston said.

‘‘Our irrigators have innovated and our communities have adapted. They have become some of the most efficient irrigators in the world — they’ve had to.’’

The Ministerial Council meeting is scheduled to take place on December 19.

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