Murray-Darling Plan enters a pivotal time
8 January 2018
For people reliant on the water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin—and that includes several million of us—the close of 2017 was notable for several reasons.
The MDBA finalised a number of commitments crucial to the continued roll-out of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan. They affect the amount of water available to farmers, the provision of water needed by the environment, the enforcement of rules around water management and confidence that the plan is on track.
Now is a pivotal time for the water reform that began when Prime Minister John Howard laid the groundwork for a strengthened commonwealth role to manage the basin as one river system, supported by water security measures to ensure that water is shared fairly in the national interest.