April, RGA staff and representatives participated in a teleconference workshop hosted by the MDBA to discuss trends in water use in Southern Basin.
April, Rachel attended a meeting with the MDBA and other key industry stakeholders regarding the mechanism for and modelling of sustainable diversion limit compliance and the industry’s key concern around underusage.
April, RGA staff and representatives dialled into a meeting with Water Minister, the Department and the Interim Inspector General’s office to discuss the ‘Keelty Report’, which was being released the next day. The RGA has already provided comments on the findings of the report.
RGA and SunRice representatives participated on a call with the Minister of Agriculture, the Hon David Littleproud to discuss industry related concerns and in particular the risk of Australia running out of domestically produced rice by the end of the year. Possible solutions where discussed and remain part of ongoing discussions with State and Federal Politicians and Government Departments. Later on the same day, the same representatives participated in another teleconference facilitated by NFF with the Department of Agriculture relating to the same matter.
April, The RGA and SunRice representatives attended a teleconference with the Environment Minister, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, and the Agricultural Minister, the Hon Key Pitt MP, to discuss matters relating to water policy reform and the impacts on general security reliability and the risks of running out of domestically produced rice in Australia by the end of the year.
April, Rachel met with advisors from Federal Minister for Water, the Hon Keith Pitt MPs office, to discuss sources of water for a possible allocation of water for rice production.