2 June 2014
Coalition infrastructure plan puts Murray Darling Basin at risk
NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has said the Federal Government's strategy to further cut water buybacks will put the Murray Darling Basin Plan at risk.
"The move away from water buybacks to the less reliable and more costly program of infrastructure investment is a high risk strategy," said Senator Rhiannon.
"Infrastructure upgrades are two to three times more than the cost of buybacks per megalitre of water. Water buybacks allow for a more direct investment in the Murray Darling, with a reliable way of measuring the water being returned.
"The introduction of a 1500GL cap on water buybacks is already a compromise, it cannot be further downgraded.
"If the government are committed to meeting the targets of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, they should be investing in the most reliable and efficient means of doing so - and that would be maintaining a commitment to at least 1500 GL of water buybacks," said Senator Rhiannon.