With the deadline for submissions closing last Friday The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) says it has received over 2300 submissions on the proposed amendments to the Basin Plan in the past 13 weeks.
MDBA Chief Executive, Phillip Glyde, says the response shows there’s a strong public interest in the Basin Plan amendment process.
“In total, we met with about 1000 people during the consultation period. The over 2300 submissions received were from people and organizations across the Basin, as well as from areas outside of the Basin.”
He says the submissions covered a range of views, from those who felt strongly that the current water recovery settings should be retained or enhanced, through to those who advocated for no more water recovery.
“We are assessing the submissions we’ve received to see if there is any new information presented, or if the submissions demonstrate a need to change the proposal we put forward.”
The proposal is to reduce the Northern Basin water recovery target by 70 gigalitres, change some ground water area extraction limits and to also progress with other practical changes to the Basin Plan.
The next steps, after submissions have been considered, involves consulting with the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council and considering their feedback before a final recommendation is provided to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources for his consideration.