The SA Environment Minister has taken advantage of the latest meeting of Murray Darling Basin Plan Ministers to again push for the promised 450GL of water to be returned to the river system for environmental flows.
The call comes in the same week One Nation party senators announced they’re aligning with Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm calling for the extra water to be kept upstream.
The historic Basin Plan agreed in 2012 aims for water recovery outcomes equivalent to 3200GL per annum by 2024. This includes the 450 GL to be recovered through efficiency
This water is needed to enhance environmental benefits along the river, reduce salinity in the Coorong and Lower Lakes and increase flows to Coorong to ensure the ongoing health of the internationally renowned RAMSAR site.
Minister Ian Hunter also welcomed the commitment given by the Ministers to progress key elements of the plan which work towards protecting the long term health of the river.
"We now have clear agreement on how to progress two of the three key elements highlighted in the COAG plan."
"I expect to see the Commonwealth and all states now prioritise the Basin Plan’s only remaining water recovery requirement: the final 450 GL by 2024."
"My government’s priorities for the Basin Plan remain unchanged: the Plan must be delivered in full and on time. This is our promise not just to South Australians, but to all Australians who cherish and value this iconic river system."
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