Murray-Darling plan not secure

Cr Vic Pennisi
Cr Vic Pennisi

SOUTHERN Downs Councillor and growers' representative Vic Pennisi has vowed to further investigate the implications for the region of a revised Murray-Darling Basin Plan released yesterday.

Leading agriculture groups have slammed the revised draft, saying targets for water conservation in the Basin are still too high.

Cr Pennisi said he would be happy to call a meeting with local growers and be clear on the implications for our region.

"At some stage we have to make some adjustments and we will need to stay vigilant and involved so that we can ensure we can get the balance right," he said.

"There are still some grey areas and maybe over time we can reduce buyback by adopting better water management regimes."

Cr Pennisi said it was also possible the plan would not get adopted in parliament, "so my question is where to from there?"

AgForce yesterday rejected the revised plan, saying it was "disappointed" in the failure of the Murray Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA) to take potential impacts on Queensland communities into consideration despite six months of public consultation.

"Our preliminary analysis shows this revision still fails to recognise that Queensland has already undergone more than a decade of state-based water planning which has already resulted in significant reductions in water take and implementation of sustainable limits," a spokesman said.

"It is also clear there is not sufficient science on the

impact of the coal seam gas industry available."

The Australian Dairy Industry Council also dismissed the revision, saying the authority's own evidence was that similar or better environmental outcomes could be achieved with less water, by investing in environmental works and other measures instead of buybacks.



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