Basin Authority has not delivered ....

28 May 2012 10:53 AM - RGA comments on release of REVISED Proposed Basin Plan

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia, Inc (RGA) has declared that the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has not delivered a satisfactory plan for the Basin after two years of consultation and discussion and it must now be sidelined to allow a political solution to be negotiated.

RGA President, Les Gordon said “It is clear that the MDBA has done its bit but the final outcome of its processes sees a Revised Proposed Basin Plan which is a very long way from what irrigators and irrigations communities across the Basin will accept.”

“It is extremely disappointing that the Authority appears to have made only cosmetic changes to the draft Proposed Basin Plan despite an extensive consultation process which involved significant input from across the Basin.”

Mr Gordon said “the Basin Minister’s need to reject the Revised Proposed Basin Plan handed to them by the MDBA and come up with something more acceptable.”

“A number of the States have provided alternatives to achieving environmental outcomes without destroying businesses, industries and communities in the Basin in their submissions to the MDBA and these now need to be fully developed.

“It is now up to both State and Federal Ministers to find a solution before a final Plan is presented to Parliament by the Federal Minister later this year”.

Please click here to view media release from RGA President, Les Gordon