Murray-Darling royal commission says it won’t investigate water thefts

Murray-Darling royal commission says it won’t investigate water thefts

Posted May 09, 2018 07:26:21 South Australia’s royal commission into the Murray-Darling river system has confirmed it will not investigate water theft cases or New South Wales bureaucrats already under investigation or prosecution by other bodies such as the New South Wales ICAC. The former Weatherill government launched the royal …

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Wilderness Society threatens legal action

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Wilderness Society threatens legal action

Posted May 08, 2018 17:07:48 Photo: An SA environmentalist group has shared concerns with the Murray Darling Basin decision. (ABC Rural: Tom Nancarrow) A South Australian environmentalist group has described the decision to leave the Murray-Darling Basin Plan intact as a “disaster for the River Murray” and has threatened legal …

Murray-Darling Basin deal brings certainty for businesses and communities, NSW irrigators say – ABC Rural

Murray-Darling Basin deal brings certainty for businesses and communities, NSW irrigators say – ABC Rural

Irrigators and Indigenous groups are cautiously optimistic about a deal struck by the Coalition Government and Labor to give certainty to communities in the Murray-Darling Basin. The two sides of politics reached an agreement on Monday to pass elements of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan that aim to do more for …

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Updated May 07, 2018 18:58:47 The Federal Government has struck a deal with Labor to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan remains intact, easing concerns it was about to crumble without political support. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) wants to return less water to the environment in the southern basin, saying …

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Posted May 07, 2018 17:56:14 Photo: Nationals MP David Littleproud has praised the NSW government’s action. (ABC News: Jed Cooper) The Federal Government has struck a deal with Labor to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan remains intact. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) wants to return less water to the environment …

Murray-Darling water licence rethink putting farmers’ mortgages in question, experts warn

Murray-Darling water licence rethink putting farmers’ mortgages in question, experts warn

Updated May 04, 2018 08:29:50 A former senior public servant has warned the financial calculations for a lot of mortgages in the Basin may be on shifting ground, because the Basin Authority is carrying out a re-valuation of water licences. One expert estimates at least 70 per cent of farmers …

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Make or break decision to come with crucial vote in Senate next week

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Make or break decision to come with crucial vote in Senate next week

Posted May 03, 2018 14:08:16 The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is urging senators not to make life harder for irrigation communities when they consider a controversial motion next week. Returning water to the environment has cut irrigated agriculture by up to a third in some areas of the Southern Basin, …

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: $8 billion spent and still the Coorong wetland is dying

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: $8 billion spent and still the Coorong wetland is dying

Posted April 27, 2018 05:11:19 Photo: David Paton stands in the Coorong. (ABC News: Sarah Dingle) Related Story: Record low bird count as algae chokes Coorong wetlands The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is six years in and Australian taxpayers have spent $8 billion on it so far — yet the internationally …

Murray-Darling Basin: Unprecedented letter from community advisors sent to Canberra to try save plan

Murray-Darling Basin: Unprecedented letter from community advisors sent to Canberra to try save plan

Posted April 26, 2018 10:07:55 An apolitical, community advisory group in the Murray-Darling Basin has taken the unprecedented step of writing to politicians asking for its support in a key piece of legislation which will decide the future of the basin plan. The plan hangs in balance with state governments …

Murray-Darling Basin: Cricket match on nation’s driest pitch highlights worsening drought

Murray-Darling Basin: Cricket match on nation’s driest pitch highlights worsening drought

Updated April 14, 2018 07:03:46 Photo: Residents of Wilcannia participate in a game of cricket where the Darling River has run dry. (ABC News: Tim Lee) Related Story: ‘Our river is dying’: Small community fears for Darling’s future It has been so dry in recent months in western New South …