The Commonwealth has made a significant step towards achieving the remaining water recovery required under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan in the Condamine–Balonne, with a strategic acquisition of more than 28 GL (26 GL LTAAY) in the region.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the strategic acquisition represented 70 per cent of the remaining local water recovery task for the Condamine–Balonne under the 320 GL Northern Basin water recovery target proposed by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.
“This acquisition was a unique opportunity to secure a significant volume of water in a catchment of particular strategic importance to achieving the triple-bottom line outcomes of the Basin Plan,” Minister Joyce said. “But I know there are communities where the prospect of any further water recovery will be met with concern,” Minister Joyce said.
“We understand that every job is important for rural communities, however, the impacts of this water recovery have been independently assessed to confirm that this purchase of overland flow licences should have a relatively low impact on regional production and casual employment.
“Both I and local Maranoa MP, David Littleproud, have lived in St George, so we know the value of a megalitre of water to the St George and Dirranbandi communities. In this process I would like to recognise David’s efforts to secure the best outcome for the region while protecting as many family f...
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