NSW Premier backs river system plan

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, centre, with Wentworth deputy mayor Tim Elstone and mayor Melisa Hederics.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, centre, with Wentworth deputy mayor Tim Elstone and mayor Melisa Hederics.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has joined other state leaders in endorsing a plan for the Murray-Darling river system, despite calls from within her own government to ditch the long-standing agreement.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said earlier in the week the plan was “untenable for NSW” and not making major changes represented a missed opportunity to deliver certainty and transparency for drought-hit communities.

However, Ms Berejiklian said yesterday – after all basin states reaffirmed their commitment to the plan – working more closely with other states would positively impact struggling rural communities in her state.

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