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Water report: Disappointment universal

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January 22, 2018

Another report is pointing towards the transferral of more water out of agriculture.

Disappointment has greeted the publication of a new water report which has found that more water could be transferred from agriculture to the Murray Darling river system.

Ernst and Young delivered the report in December and the federal government released it last Friday.

Victorian water minister, Lisa Neville said the report has fundamentally failed to meet the expectations of the terms of reference agreed to by Basin States and fails to provide evidence for Basin Ministers to make informed decisions.

"We are no closer to having confidence, as required by the Basin Plan, that on-farm efficiency measures can be delivered without further negative impacts on our communities.

"We remain open to exploring opportunities for off-farm water savings to contribute to the 450 GL.

"The Victorian Government has raised concerns with the MDBA and the Commonwealth Government on numerous occasions about the adequacy of the methodology and approach taken in the delivery of the EY Report,'' Ms Neville said.

Goulburn Valley water industry leaders have also expressed their disappointment with the report.

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