Basin Plan

Murray-Darling report finds drought and population decline costing more jobs than the Basin Plan

19 June 2018

Brett Worthington, ABC
19 June 2018

Drought, population decline and on-farm technology are the major factors leading to job losses in the southern Murray-Darling Basin region, a new report suggests.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s latest research, released today, has assessed the community and employment impacts between 2000 and 2016.

The report found while there’s been a 37 per cent decline in farm sector jobs, only 7 per cent were the result of the Basin Plan, which was introduced in 2012.

The report also found there had been a 13 per cent decline in all employment in the region, but just a quarter of that was the result of the plan.

Murray-Darling Basin Authority chief executive Phillip Glyde said the findings would offer little comfort for communities that had experienced decline in recent years.

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