Coalition’s investment in infrastructure to reduce water buybacks welcomed by SA irrigators

A Federal Coalition decision to further invest in water-saving infrastructure to reduce the water buyback target for the Murray-Darling Basin has been welcomed by South Australian irrigators and river communities.

A Federal Coalition decision to further invest in water-saving infrastructure to reduce the water buyback target for the Murray-Darling Basin has been welcomed by South Australian irrigators and river communities.
 
The Murray Darling Basin Plan requires the recovery of 2750 gigalitres of water for the environment.
 
Member for Chaffey and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water and the River Murray, Tim Whetstone, applauded the Coalition’s decision to invest $2.3 billion in infrastructure to deliver water savings.
 
“The fear for South Australian river communities is that they will be forced to bear the brunt of water returns as part of the Murray Darling Basin Plan,” Mr Whetstone said.
 
“Every initiative to reduce the burden on river communities by saving water through better infrastructure is certainly welcome.
 
“The more investment that is made in water efficient infrastructure, the less productive water will be taken out of communities which rely upon it.”
                                                                                                                                          
Mr Whetstone said the Riverland has witnessed firsthand the economic impact of water buybacks.
 
“Every day we are reminded about what water buyback can do to a region’s economy thanks to the legacy of the Small Block Irrigator Exit Grants,” Mr Whetstone said.
 
“South Australia is a world leader in food production and we need to see as much productive water remain in productive use.”
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