Council Fires Up Over Murray Darling Decision

Goondiwindi Regional Council has expressed its disappointment at last week’s Senate vote to disallow an amendment to the Basin Plan affecting the Northern Basin.

Graeme Scheu

Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor Graeme Scheu.

The Council has reiterated its commitment to the implementation of a plan that supports a strong national and local economy and provides environmental sustainability.

Mayor Scheu says the Senate Vote is just politics gone mad.

“To see the Basin Plan compromised for political purposes is gravely disappointing. Our council urges all parties to continue to work towards a plan that protects both the environment and the communities that rely on the Murray Darling River systems.”

Mayor Scheu says the Murray Darling Basin Plan is a ground-breaking piece of legislation, highly regarded around the world.

“This is a comprehensive and complex plan to deliver a sustainable future for all communities across the Basin. The decision by the Senate to disallow the recommended Northern Basin Amendments has been widely condemned by state governments, key industry and community organisations.”

The Murray Darling Basin Authority has also expressed disappointment with the decision.

“It is disappointing that a majority of Senators have chosen to ignore the advice of experts who have spent the last 11 years developing the Plan and the last 5 years conducting the Northern Review”.

“Even the Murray Darling Basin Authority, who were tasked to deliver the Murray Darling Basin Plan, have condemned this decision.”