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Locals want answers on Murray Darling plan

QUEENSLAND'S peak farming body is urging the Murray Darling Authority and the Department of Natural Resources to work with those in Lower Balonne, Border Rivers and Upper Condamine on how the new plan will work.

The Queensland Farmers Federation delivered the push after the Murray Darling Basin Plan was signed into law by Federal Water Minister Tony Burke on Thursday.

The group pointed to in-catchment environmental targets as a particular issue needing to be addressed. A better understanding of how to provide the best river flows for environmental benefits will be another important element.

 

Environment Minister Tony Burke
Environment Minister Tony Burke

According to a bulletin released by the group, input from the community will be needed to ensure the buying back of water and on-farm efficiency are planned properly.

 

The plan provides for 117 gigalitres of surface water for the Queensland Murray-Darling catchments.

Up to 100 gigalitres of this is in the Lower Balonne and 45 gigalitres have already been recovered.

The plan will also cut entitlements in the Condamine Plain by half.

In coming years, further investigations into downstream needs will be done, exploring how this water could be pulled from other catchments.

The potential use of Commonwealth water buy backs will be voluntary and run through a tender process.

This means if Cubbie Station - now owned by a consortium of Chinese, Japanese and Australian interests - was to offer its water for sale, it would be its own decision.

The process would be treated confidentiality under that tender process.

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources Andrew Cripps said he was disappointed with the Federal Government plan, describing it as "pandering to South Australia".

He is demanding a $100 million package to support the communities and industries hurt by this final draft.

Topics:  balonne, border rivers, condamine, murray darling basin plan, tony burke


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