The MDBA proposes to reduce the total volume of planned recovery from 390GL to 320GL. To their credit, the MDBA has also said that a “Toolkit” of non-flow measures is important to achieving environmental outcomes.
But the message from Basin communities is simple: let's invest in non-flow options to improve the health of the Murray-Darling, and not add to the pain caused by the Basin Plan. Enough is enough.
Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor and business owner Katrina Humphries says that any more water recovery would be absolutely disastrous for the community, businesses, contractors and future generations.
“The Moree Plains Shire is underpinned with irrigation water… and we are very efficient water managers. Our whole community is reliant on water.”
“It’s unconscionable that the Gwydir Valley water system should give any more water away. We can’t. We’ve given a heap. We’ve been impact hugely with what happened at Collarenebri. And we have to learn from Collarenebri.”
As the Northern Basin Review continues, it is critical for all members of the community - growers, irrigators, business owners and others - to lodge a written submission directly to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority at the Australian Farmers #MoreThanFlow campaign page: www.farmers.org.au/MoreThanFlow