Feedback sought on Murray Water Resource Plan

Media release | 17 June 2019

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, has announced the Murray Alluvium Water Resource Plan is now on public exhibition.

”The water resource plans are a key requirement of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, and provide for the continuing and sustainable use of the Murray groundwater resources into the future,” Minister Pavey said.

“The draft plan includes the water sharing arrangements for the Lower Murray Deep, Lower Murray Shallow, Upper Murray and Billabong Creek groundwater resources.

“The NSW Government has spent the past two years working to develop draft water resource plans and to update state water sharing plans – seeking community feedback along the way.

Consulting with key stakeholders, Murray valley communities and First Nations people will continue to be an essential part of finalising the water resource plan for the Murray groundwater resources.

Eight draft water resource plans were released for public exhibition by NSW in late 2018 and the Murray plan is one of the 12 remaining draft plans being released for public exhibition over the coming months.

The NSW Government is committed to improving the management of the state’s critical water resources – servicing and managing community and customer needs, including those of the irrigated agriculture sector, and ensuring the ongoing health and productive capacity of our rivers and groundwater systems.

“We need to ensure we have a stronger focus on implementation of plans – this has been a legitimate criticism of the past,” Minister Pavey said.

“To this end, I’ve asked the department to ensure we have sufficient, ongoing and skilled resources to lead plan delivery and on-going review.”

To learn more about the draft Murray Alluvium Water Resource Plan, how you can have your say on the plan and the upcoming information sessions, please visit:  Murray Alluvium Water Resource Plan

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