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We can get the balance right in the Northern Basin

Make your voice heard on Basin Plan proposals. This Friday marks one week until the close of submissions to the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) on their proposed Basin Plan amendments.

With the MDBA set to advise a further 42 gigalites (GL) be taken out production, around 450 jobs will be lost from small northern basin irrigation towns already suffering under the Basin Plan.

As we enter the final week for submission lodgement, it’s a great time to take a quick look back at the Australian Farmers’ #MoreThanFlow campaign.

In a somewhat wild time for water policy, the past few months have thrown up many examples of where the Basin Plan is hurting communities and why now is the time to get the amendments to the Basin Plan right and prevent further harm to northern basin towns. We’ve heard first hand from local community members such as growers, business owners and mayors about what further water recovery will mean for their towns. The message has been clear, enough is enough and it’s time to find new ways to improve the health of the Murray Darling.

As the #MoreThanFlow campaign has called out, there are plenty of complementary measures available to the MDBA to achieve environmental outcomes in the northern basin if they look beyond a ‘just add water’ approach. We’ve seen such through the case study on Burrima in the Macquarie Marshes that it takes sound ecological management in order to get real environmental results in the north. We’ve also taken a look at how cold water pollution plagues the Murray Darling Basin, and limits environmental gains with Cold Fish (you’ll want to check this video out) failing to breed in the water recovered for them. But that’s just the start, there’s plenty of other ways environmental outcomes can be met through more efficient water use and it’s time the Government started matching irrigators and farmers when it comes to how well they use the water they have.

So with one with week to go, now’s the time to add your voice to the #MoreThanFlow campaign!

Submissions close 5pm on Friday 24 February 2017, head over to our #MoreThanFlow submission page to make an easy and quick submission now!

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