Mildura at centre basin debates: Task - bridging a water divide

Murray Lower Darling Indigenous Nations chair Rene Woods, Australian Conservation Foundation healthy ecosystems manager Jonathan La Nauze, Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations chair Fred Hooper and Australian Floodplain Association president Terry Korn.

Murray Lower Darling Indigenous Nations chair Rene Woods, Australian Conservation Foundation healthy ecosystems manager Jonathan La Nauze, Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations chair Fred Hooper and Australian Floodplain Association president Terry Korn.

BASIN water ministers are considering opposing arguments from ­irrigators and environmentalists as they meet for today’s Ministerial Council in Mildura.

Irrigators and farming representatives, as well as environmentalists, floodplain graziers and ­Aboriginal groups met federal Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce and his basin state counterparts in closed-door round-table talks in Mil­dura last night. 

Before last night’s talks, ­National Farmers’ Federation vice­-president Les Gordon said reports that found widespread socio­economic decline in irrigation communities could not be ignored.

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