Basin Plan

Murray Darling Basin Plan: Communities see red over consultation

24 October 2018

Natalie Kotsios, The Weekly Times
24 October 2018

SOUTHERN Murray Darling Basin communities are livid federal officials gave just days notice before launching crucial public consultations on the most contentious part of the basin plan.

The Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources this week began consultation on the Murray Darling Basin Plan’s socio-economic test, which will be used to determine what projects aimed at recovering an extra 450 gigalitres of water from farmers can be done without harming basin communities.

Basin ministers, led by federal minister David Littleproud, agreed in June that new criteria should be developed ahead of the next ministerial meeting in December.

However, the Department — which has employed rural consultants Seftons to run the consultations — only released dates of the public consultations last Thursday, with meetings beginning in Victoria on Monday.

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