Water managment

Murray-Darling Basin: NSW’s most senior water bureaucrat resigns over corruption allegations

18 September 2017


New South Wales’ most senior water bureaucrat has resigned less than two months after he was the subject of corruption allegations in an ABC Four Corners report on the Murray-Darling Basin.

Gavin Hanlon on Friday resigned as deputy director-general of water at the NSW Department of Industry.

In July, a Four Corners report aired recordings of Mr Hanlon offering to share confidential government information with lobbyists.

The Four Corners report revealed billions of litres of water in the Murray-Darling Basin that had been set aside to secure the future of Australia’s inland rivers had instead been harvested by some irrigators to boost cotton-growing operations.

The report revealed Mr Hanlon secretly offered to share government information with irrigation lobbyists via a special Dropbox account to help them lobby against the $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

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