RGA welcomes NSW and VIC Governments, Murray Darling Basin Plan review panel announcement

14 Feb 2017 10:39 AM -
The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) has welcomed the NSW Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair and Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville review into the offsets mechanism in the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

An expert panel has been set up to allow both the NSW and Victorian Governments to make sure the Plan delivers real environmental benefits without negatively impacting on Basin communities, by providing advice on the technical foundations of the Basin Plan’s Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) adjustment mechanism.

The Basin Plan allows for the 2,750 GL recovery target to be offset by 650 GL through projects that deliver equivalent environmental outcomes with less water. However, there is a concern that there is currently a lack of transparency around the assumptions that sit within the adjustment mechanism, and going forward a more localised consultative approach is needed.