Make your voice heard on water buybacks: lodge a written submission

Wednesday, 21st December 2016 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

More than 450 community members attended the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) Northern Basin Review consultation sessions in November and early December. It is now critical for all members of the community - growers, irrigators, business owners and others - to lodge a written submission.

Lend your support to the #MoreThanFlow campaign and send a clear message to the MDBA that enough is enough - water recovery must stop. Making a submission is easy. Use the link below to make submission directly to the MDBA.

Click here to lodge a submission in just a few clicks

Other ways you can help

  1. Please forward this information to your family and friends, other farmers, business owners and people in your community. Encourage them to make their voice heard. With many families and friends coming together over the holiday season, please use this opportunity to encourage them to lodge a submission online.
  2. As part of the #MoreThanFlow campaign, Cotton Australia has produced a number of video interviews with Northern Basin community members. Click here to view the videos (now viewed more than 19,000 times on YouTube and social media) and share on your social media page with the #MoreThanFlow hashtag. More videos will be released in the coming weeks.

What you need to know

The MDBA recently announced its recommendation on the Northern Basin Review. The MDBA has indicated that it will recommend the Federal Government strip even more water out of production in the Northern Murray-Darling Basin and continue to inflict unnecessary economic pain on irrigation-dependent communities.

278GL of water has already been taken from production. The MDBA proposes to reduce the total volume of planned recovery from 390GL to 320GL. 

To their credit, the MDBA has recognised the importance of “complementary measures” that will deliver real environmental benefits, without requiring additional water acquisition. “Complementary measures” include physical things such as installing fishways to improve native fish passage and breeding; management of feral animals and weeds in rivers and wetlands, and stopping cold water pollution impacts from water released from major dams.

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