| May 09, 2018
Murray-Darling Basin Plan delivers for the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District
The Coalition Government has delivered certainty to irrigation communities in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District by securing an agreement which saw the Senate vote to deliver the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
The vote to uphold the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) adjustment mechanism succeeded when the opposition joined with the government to defeat the attempt to crush the Plan.
Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said this meant basin communities needed to give up 605 gigalitres less water, while still delivering benefits to the environment.
"This agreement will give people living here in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District, much-needed certainty. Our fight for fair water outcomes is paying dividends for our irrigation communities,” Mr Drum said.
"People from Cohuna to Cobram, from Nagambie to Numurkah are so tired after six years of these water wars. I hope this certainty brings them some relief.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud said the SDL adjustment mechanism is a vital component of the Basin Plan that was agreed by all Basin governments and the Federal Parliament in 2012.
"Farmers will be able to get on with growing clean, green food with Government out of their lives.
"The agreement with Labor will also deliver the Northern Basin Review, which means farmers in the northern basin will return 70GL less water to the river. The NBR had previously been disallowed in the senate when Labor voted with the Greens.
“We're delivering sensible and balanced water reform that boosts agricultural production, strengthens communities in our food producing regions, and delivers positive environmental outcomes.
"I thank Labor's Tony Burke for negotiating with me in good faith. Lasting results in politics are rarely achieved by going to war."