Basin Plan

Commission hears uncertainty claims on plan

8 May 2018

Alana Christensen, Country News
8 May 2013

Visiting Shepparton on Thursday, the South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan heard from a handful of speakers including local irrigators, water leaders and environmentalists who expressed concerns regarding the future of the multi-billion-dollar plan.

Commissioner Bret Walker acknowledged the allegations of water theft ‘‘don’t make doing the right thing seem any easier’’, with senior counsel assisting Richard Beasley conceding regions just wanted a ‘‘level playing field’’.

With 36 proposed projects to go before parliament this week as part of the Sustainable Diversion Limits Adjustment Mechanisms, Goulburn Valley Environment Group president John Pettigrew told the commission the lack of transparency regarding the projects was ‘‘disappointing’’.

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