Cotton Australia has congratulated the Australian Parliament on passing the Northern Basin Review Amendment and restoring bi-partisan support for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
The expiration of the parliamentary disallowance period yesterday means the Northern Basin Review amendments are now a permanent part of the Basin Plan.
This is good news for communities in the northern Murray-Darling Basin, with water recovery being reduced by 70 gigalitres, saving 180 jobs, and improving environmental outcomes.
In addition, a range of other ‘toolkit measures’ to boost environmental outcomes have been funded and will now be implemented.
Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray says northern Basin communities now have certainty.
“Cotton Australia welcomes this news, as it puts to rest any doubt over the future of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and allows us all to get on with the business of implementing the Plan in full and on time,” Mr Murray says.
“We thank the Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, and the Opposition’s environment spokesperson, Tony Burke, for listening to the concerns of irrigators and communities affected by this legislation, and for their willingness to work in a bi-partisan manner and see this important legislation pass through parliament.”
“The Basin Plan continues to have a significant social and economic impact on Basin communities. We must now focus on the content of the Plan and implement it in full and in a way that will maximise environmental outcomes by using the environmental water available.”
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.
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