South Australia bid ‘hypocrital’: Walsh slams new demand of 3200 gigalitres

VICTORIAN Water Minister Peter Walsh has rubbished yesterday’s announcement of a 3200 gigalitre Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The new scientific modelling, which was revealed yesterday, shows what would happen if key constraints were relaxed in the water catchment system.

Mr Walsh said Federal Water Minister Tony Burke needed to reaffirm his support for the MDBA’s recommendation of 2750GL of environmental outcomes, as agreed in the July 9, 2012, Ministerial Communique.

“The social and economic cost to northern Victoria of taking even more water away from farmers and their dependent communities is unacceptable to Victorians, and it is unnecessary,” Mr Walsh said.

“All states and the commonwealth gave support to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s recommended 2750GL of outcomes in the Ministerial Council’s July 9 Communique, with Victoria’s support contingent on apportionment of water recovery and an appropriate sustainable diversion limit (SDL) adjustment mechanism.”

Mr Walsh labelled South Australia as being “absolutely hypocritical” in its demand for 3200GL. 

“South Australia has announced they will mothball their desalination plant and instead will increase their take from the Murray River, piping it as far away as Ceduna which is some 750 kilo­metres from the river,” he said.

“Is South Australia concerned with river health, or is its motivation to get more water down the Murray so they can pipe it to Adelaide and beyond?

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