Media release

Concerns with Draft Basin Plan

Release: 28 July 2011

Environmental Farmers Network members are concerned with current rumors that the Basin Authority is proposing to return much less water than best available science recommends to restore the health of the Basin’s rivers and wetlands.

The Basin Plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make our rivers and wetlands healthy and take a step towards securing a sustainable productive Basin future.

Yes, adaptive management is required and yes engineered options will be used to maximise outcomes, but neither will compensate for an unrealistic minimum allocation to the environment.

Localism, or regional decision making has an important role to play in the implementation of the Basin Plan. But MDBA Chair Craig Knowles must not forget that pressure from local water users and political decisions made in isolation has been the foundation of over-allocation and the stressed condition of our river systems.

The MDBA must show leadership in complying with it’s obligations under the Water Act 2007 using the best science.

John Pettigrew
Bunbartha. Victoria

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