February 3, 2019
The Victorian Government has announced its full support of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan after both the Productivity Commission and Royal Commission suggested that the plan be substantially changed.
State Water Minister Lisa Neville said that the recommendations of the Royal Commission, handed down late last week, would put local communities at risk.
Ms Neville said that the suggested increased environment flow would further worsen job loses in communities dependent on the Murray.
“Any suggestion of starting again or significantly increasing the targets would be a disaster for the environment and jeopardise progress made so far,” Ms Neville said.
“All Basin States need to move forward in implementing the Basin Plan, providing communities with confidence that the balanced social, economic and environmental outcomes of the Plan can be achieved.”