Ricegrowers’ Support Signing of IGA by NSW Government
27 Feb 2014 12:42 PM -
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) has welcomed the signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray Darling Basin Plan by Premier O’Farrell this morning.
The New South Wales Government had been holding off signing the IGA until it was satisfied a number of conditions relating to the implementation of the Basin Plan were going to be met. These included a cap on the volume of water recovered through buyback, giving priority to infrastructure and environmental works and measures to meet the remaining recovery volumes and increasing the sustainable diversion limits on two brackish groundwater aquifers.
RGA President, Les Gordon, said the signing of the IGA is an indication that the conditions set by the New South Wales Government have now been met.
“We have always supported the position of Minister Hodgkinson and the state government that they would not sign the IGA until they were satisfied the Basin Plan could be implemented in a way that does not hurt regional communities.”
“Obviously they have now reached a point where they are satisfied this can be achieved,” Mr Gordon said.
Read the full media release here.