Concern grows over revised basin plan
A GROUP of 26 local Councils who form one of the nation’s most extensive food growing regions have jointly expressed concern and frustration at the lack of balanced water reform following the release of the revised Murray Darling Basin Plan.
The Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils (RAMROC), which comprises 18 Councils in New South Wales along the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers, has backed comments made by their Victorian counterparts last week that the revised plan has failed to deliver the constructive outcomes needed. The eight Victorian municipalities – consisting of the Murray River Group of Councils, City of Greater Shepparton and the Shire of Strathbogie – last week called the latest version of the plan ‘disappointing’, expressing concern for the lack of progressive thinking from the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to resolve the key issues involved.
Chairman of RAMROC, Cr Terry Hogan, said that the latest revised Plan failed to address the fundamental issues raised in their organisation’s submission to the MDBA and continued to sideline economic and community considerations. “We are troubled by the lack of balance in the latest Plan”, he said. “We are strongly of the view that the only plan worthy of acceptance is one that achieves a triple bottom line of positive economic, social as well as environmental outcomes.”
The Victorian and New South Wales groups both indicated that they would be seeking to discuss the matter with their respective water ministers and key federal politicians over the coming weeks.