RGA cautions Tony Burke regarding his suggestion for Basin Plan Amendments

17 Feb 2017 10:29 AM -
The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) reiterates the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) warning to shadow water spokesperson Tony Burke, against his intentions to seek amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The amendments sought by Mr Burke would mean that environmental projects that offset the requirements to recover up to 650GL would not be allowed unless the 450GL of ‘upwater’ is delivered as well. However, the requirement for neutral socio-economic impacts before the additional 450GL can be recovered and the ability to relax constraints has already been legislated in an intergovernmental agreement.

RGA President Jeremy Morton said, “The Basin Plans social and economic impact test is overly simplistic and fails to take into account a broader view beyond the buyer and seller; furthermore there is now a body of evidence which demonstrates that water recovery by any means causes significant social and economic disruption.”