Basin Plan

As the Basin Plan turns six, it’s time to look to the future

22 November 2018

21 November 2011

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.

This visionary policy saw Australia become the first nation in the world to instate such a plan across a major river basin.

To date, more than four times the volume of Sydney Harbour in water has been recovered for the environmental health of the river system, and on average that much will be available for the environment each and every year.

While farmers are struggling with drought, it’s important to recognise that prolonged dry conditions pose a threat to the health and future of the river system as well. Environmental water helps to increase the resilience and sustainability of the river network, so that it can remain a healthy, working asset for future generations.

Over the past decade, more than 8000 gigalitres of environmental water has been used to water over 120 sites along approximately 20,000 kilometres of rivers, delivering benefits to local communities along the way.

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