Murray-Darling Basin Plan anger over short meeting notice

The Murray Darling Junction at Wentworth. Picture: Louise Barker

The Murray Darling Junction at Wentworth. Picture: Louise Barker

FARMERS aren’t happy with the short notice they’ve been given to have their say on a crucial socio-economic test that will determine future water recovery under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud announced late Thursday that consultation on the criteria for water savings projects would begin yesterday. Public meetings have been organised in 14 centres across the basin over the next three weeks, with Mildura first on the list – its meeting scheduled for Monday morning.

The timing of the government’s announcement was met with frustration from the Victorian Farmers Federation, whose water council chairman Richard Anderson said: “Informing a key stakeholder with less than a week’s notice is far from meaningful consultation.”

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