Basin Plan

Ex-bureaucrat slams deal

16 December 2018

Christopher Testa, Sunraysia Daily
16 December 2018

THE environment got a “bad deal” when Murray-Darling Basin ministers agreed on new criteria for further water recovery, the previous Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder says.

David Papps, who retired from his post in charge of the Federal Government’s environmental water portfolio earlier this year, said the criteria would make it near impossible for the Commonwealth to find an extra 450 gigalitres for the environment that had been agreed to when the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was signed in 2012.

The Victorian and NSW governments lobbied for the new criteria, which require proponents of water saving projects to prove they won’t reduce the overall productive capacity of an irrigation area, directly increase the price of water or cause rural job losses.

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