Victorian Irrigators Urged to Lobby MDBA

Monday 30 January 2017

Southern Basin communities are feeling the impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, but with a full review still five years away, Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has urged irrigators to have their say at upcoming community drop-in sessions.

Last year, a review of the Plan’s impact on Northern Basin Communities revealed too much water had been taken from productive use, prompting a reduction in the amount of water that will eventually be recovered.

“Northern Victoria’s irrigators are also hurting and are holding out for a review that is still years away,” Mr Walsh said.

“Irrigators feel their voice has not been heard by the Murray Darling Basin Authority, I urge irrigators to attend the MDBA’s community drop-in sessions and speak to staff directly, so they can hear first-hand the impact the Basin Plan is having on Goulburn Murray Irrigation District communities.”

This year, southern irrigators in 30 centres will contribute to a ‘report card’ update of the social, environmental and economic outcomes of the Basin Plan.

“I believe a review of the Southern Basin will clearly demonstrate the negative impacts the Plan is having on our communities, as was proven in the Northern Basin Review,” Mr Walsh said.

The Moama drop-in session will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 8.30am to 11am at the Moama Bowling Club, 6 Shaw Street Moama.


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