The Northern Basin Amendments are based on strong science and evidence
7 February 2018
06 February 2018
The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) stands by the Northern Basin review process, and urges all parties to examine its detailed and published evidence when considering the amendments currently before Parliament.
The MDBA’s recommendation was based on the best available science and evidence, and involved an extensive and comprehensive review process over four years.
The MDBA made this recommendation because we identified that the environmental benefits sought through the Basin Plan could be delivered with 70 GL less water recovery—while saving about 200 jobs in local irrigation-dependent communities.
The MDBA was well aware of concerns about the protection of environmental water in the Northern Basin during the Northern Basin Review, and this was a key consideration in our decision-making.