Water chief in hot water: Bureaucrat could be sacked over Murray-Darling scandal

Gavin Hanlon

Gavin Hanlon

NSW’s top water bureaucrat Gavin Hanlon is facing charges of misconduct after an interim report into allegations of water theft in the Murray-Darling Basin was submitted to the State Government.

The report released yesterday found an urgent fix was needed in NSW to repair an “ineffectual” water-compliance and enforcement system.

It comes after allegations of water rorting, including that Mr Hanlon helped irrigators undermine the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, were revealed in an ABC Four Corners program in July.

Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said while he couldn’t comment on Mr Hanlon or the charges, the Federal Government was committed to the review of the Murray-Darling Basin and it appeared “to have some teeth”.

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