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Australia NSW Government threatens to walk away from Murray Darling Basin Plan

06:20  03 december  2019
06:20  03 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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The Berejiklian Government said the 2012 plan needed to have more flexibility in times of drought.

At the top of a list of demands, the State Government has asked to be made exempt from contributing to the extra 450 gigalitres of water that must be put back into the river system by 2024.

"We just don't have anymore water to give," Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

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In 2012, the NSW Government signed the Murray - Darling Basin Plan , welcoming a co-ordinated approach to water management with the other states. The plan has

"We have a commitment of 450 gigalitres of water to go back into the system which we can't achieve, we want that taken off the table and out of the plan."

There has long been tension between NSW and South Australia over the amount of water in the system flowing into to the southern state.

The Deputy Premier said South Australia was benefiting to the detriment of NSW.

"When we were forced to release the water from Menindee lakes we saw of course many native fish die," Mr Barilaro said.

"That in turn meant water ran down to the lakes of South Australia where 15 million carp reside."

The State Government also wants the barrages on the lower lakes lifted to allow seawater back into South Australia's Lake Alexandrina.

It has also demanded all water resource plans, which were required as part of agreement, to be put on hold until after the drought was broken.

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The Murray – Darling basin is a large geographical area in the interior of southeastern Australia. Its name is derived from its two major rivers, the Murray River and the Darling River.

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These demands come after a convoy of farmers travelled to Canberra yesterday urging the Federal Government to 'Can the Plan'.

The convoy said the agreement is hurting communities because of the lack of water.

"It's taken a protest of over 2,000 farmers and irrigators to descend on the steps of parliament yesterday for the Federal Government to respond," Mr Barilaro said.

"For me, that is disappointing because for me it is the same argument that we have been making for months and months.

"We believe that the Federal Government has opened the door for a conversation."

The State Government will argue for these changes at the water minister's meeting in two weeks.

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