NSW today reached a major milestone in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan by submitting the remaining nine water resource plans (WRPs) this week.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the plans are a requirement by the Commonwealth as a part of securing long-term sustainable water management across all parts of the Basin Plan.
“NSW communities have worked long and hard to complete 20 of the 33 water resource plans in the Basin which has required extensive consultation and coordinated effort across multiple agencies over a number of years,” Mrs Pavey said.
“To date NSW has done most of the heavy lifting when it comes to delivering the Basin Plan with almost half of the water recovered to date coming from NSW.
“Today’s milestone will be a moment of reflection for many of our communities who have been experiencing some of the challenges associated with the Basin Plan. We have endeavored to ensure that more time was provided to our communities to have their voices heard.
“During the two year consultation period our communities have made it clear to us they expect the MDBA to review our WRPs with the same standards it has brought to the Queensland, ACT and South Australian WRPs. We are confident all States will be treated equally.”
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority will assess the plans over coming months before making a recommendation to the Federal Government.
Link to water sharing plans and water resource plans community consultation summary.