Basin Plan signed but still so many unanswered questions

The Weatherill Labor Government must come clean about how much water South Australia will have to give up, and where it is going to come from, as part of its share in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, says Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.

The Weatherill Labor Government must come clean about how much water South Australia will have to give up, and where it is going to come from, as part of its share in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, says Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
 
South Australia finally signed the Intergovernmental Agreement for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan last week but South Australian irrigators continue to be left in the dark.
 
“Premier Weatherill has stated no more water will come from South Australian irrigators – so where will the remaining water come from as part of the State’s commitment to the agreement?” asked Mr Whetstone.
 
Mr Whetstone said the $265 million River Murray Improvements Program fund to return 40 gigalitres of water to the system is also short on detail.
 
“Water Minister Hunter said the funding released to South Australia as part of the agreement would help irrigators and industry bodies develop efficiencies for the future,” said Mr Whetstone.
 
“South Australian irrigators have already poured lifetime savings into upgrading their properties to be the most efficient in the Basin.
 
“How will our river communities be able to access the $265 million for upgrades when they have no detail and no guidelines?”
 

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