The Nationals. For Regional NSW.
You are here: Home : Media Releases

Media Releases

GRANT DISAPPOINTED WITH MURRAY DARLING BASIN PLAN

Monday, May 28, 2012
The Member for Dubbo and Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources Troy Grant said he's disappointed with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) revised plan, released today, given the extensive consultation period with communities and stakeholders.

Mr Grant said there has been little change to the version presented to communities and the State Government last year.

"I feel the MDBA has not listened to communities, farmers and irrigators concerns," said Mr Grant. "It does not propose any change to a planned water recovery target of 2750GL of water per year and against the expert advice of NSW hydrogeologists, the MDBA has reduced the groundwater diversion limits unnecessarily in this new version groundwater limits have been revised down from 4340gl to 3184gl. There are better ways to achieve environmental outcomes than taking water from rural communities."

Mr Grant said that NSW Government has sought a diversified and measured approach to water recovery to meet the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) in the Basin Plan.

In particular it required:
  • no further general licence buybacks until all appropriate infrastructure, environmental works and measures and rules review have been implemented,
  • a limit on licence buybacks to 3% per valley per decade once other measures are exhausted, although agreed strategic purchases can proceed,
  • equitable apportionment of the significant unallocated downstream reduction between states,
  • establishment of a structural adjustment package to assist impacted communities,
  • and a longer time frame than 2019 to meet the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) in valleys where significant quantities of water are required to be recovered.
"The MDBA also seems determined to play down the socio-economic impacts on rural communities," said Mr Grant. "We have a six week opportunity now to provide comment through the Ministerial Council process."

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278


Recent Posts


Tags

Flood Safe driving Aboriginal Budget Animals Beat the heat London seniors WRAS Hangliding championships Crown Lands Belinda Strahorn Community Leaders Breakfast Food regional economy NSW Government Wongarbon Health Mining Farming Strategic Land Use Community Nurses Catchment Management Authority NDIS Art Prize NSW Peak Hill Showground Men's Sheds Unions Trangie Museum Barden Park Transport Grants Community Grants comunity transport transport Council PSA Independant Schools Sport funding Community Building Partnerships Young Nationals Pauline McAllister Catholic Schools Property developers Narromine Fair Trading Qantas Mudgee Local Land Services Electricity prices Charity and fundraising Bridges for the Bush Cookamidgera Carbon Tax Hospitals roads Cultural Heritage Harris Farm Apollo Estate School suspensions Students Nationals State Infrastructure Strategy Bushland Parliament House Mental Health Murray Darling Basin Plan Volunteer Christmas Dubbo Macquarie Bushcare Waste management Carbon Farming NSW Premier Alcohol John Robertson Ballimore CEO Dubbo City Council Marie Maguire Brie Colley NILS Forbes and Parkes Hospital projects Social Housing Graffiti Companion Animals Taskforce Education Environment Parkes, Forbes Police Cabonne State Emergency Services (SES) Forbes Macquarie River new police recruits Women Housing Olympic tickets Dubbo Fire Services Levy Parkes Elvis Cobbora Mine NSW National's Robyn Parker Tullamore Community Cabinet Tony McGrane Way Seniors grants Crown Land Reserves

Archive

Subscribe  RSS

Back to Top

Home
About Troy
The Nationals
News
Follow
Contact
  • 1/18 Talbragar Street, PO Box 1327
  • Dubbo NSW 2830
  • P: +61 6882 3577
  • F: +61 6882 3689