RGA calls for assurance that the Basin Plan’s future implementation will not harm communities

22 Nov 2016 11:30 AM -
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) will not support any future on-farm infrastructure programs designed to recover further water for the Murray Darling Basin Plan. 

The purpose of any such programs would be to recover an additional 450 gigalitres of productive water for the environment, to take the Basin Plan total recovery target from 2750 gigalitres to 3200 gigalitres, an unacceptable proposition. 

“The RGA has a long-standing position that it will not support the recovery of the additional 450 gigalitres from productive use. To date nearly 2000 gigalitres of water has been recovered across the Basin. A large portion of this recovery has occurred in the rice growing valleys in the Murray and Murrumbidgee” said RGA President, Jeremy Morton.