Northern Murray-Darling Basin communities urged to take action on water buybacks as deadline looms

Monday, 13th February 2017 // Breaking News, Media Releases, Featured // Comments (0)

Community members, business owners, growers and irrigators are being urged to make their voice heard by lodging a written submission on water buybacks. Submissions to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority' (MDBA) Northern Basin Review close on February 24, 2017.

As part of the MDB Plan, 278GL of water has already been taken from production across Northern Basin communities to date. At the end of 2016, the MDBA released its draft proposal to reduce the total volume of planned recovery from 390GL to 320GL.

Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray says the MDBA’s recommendation to the Federal Government to strip even more water out of production is unacceptable, and calls on community members to take action now.

“The MDBA’s plans to remove more water from irrigation-dependent communities across the Northern Basin will continue to inflict unnecessary economic pain,” Mr Murray says.

“The proposed 320GL target for water recovery will mean around 450 jobs will be lost from the communities across the Northern Basin.”

“These job losses are not just from the agricultural sector, but from businesses supplying farmers and local businesses and providers servicing local towns.”

“We know that water buybacks effect the whole community. It is now critical for community members to lodge a written submission to the MDBA.”

“It really is the last chance for all members of the community to send a clear message to the MDBA and tell them that enough is enough – water recovery must stop. Making a submission is easy and takes only a few clicks.”

Submissions to the MDBA close on February 24, 2017. To lodge a submission, visit

Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.


Cotton Australia media contacts:

Michael Murray
General Manager, Cotton Australia
0427 707 868

Chris Larsen
Communications Manager, Cotton Australia
0488 189 502


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