MAYOR Mark Eckel says more socioeconomic analysis must be done into the effects any further recovery of water from irrigation.
Water ministers from across the Murray-Darling Basin yesterday agreed against offering any on-farm efficiency programs in Victoria or NSW until a more comprehensive test of impact on communities could be agreed.
Instead, any extra water savings for the environment under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan would be sought from off-farm projects, for example, to make urban and industrial water use more efficient.
That agreement was hailed as a win for irrigators by the Victorian and NSW governments yesterday, as well as the National Irrigators’ Council.
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