Basin plan update to flow from meeting

TODAY’S Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) meeting in Narrabri was a good chance to get an update on how the Basin Plan was progressing, said chair of the Northern Basin Advisory Council Mal Peters. 

It’s one of three information sessions in NSW and Queensland this week giving a general update, plus the timetable for the next five years.

Mr Peters said five things were being done under the Basin Plan – a science review; socioeconomic review; identify water-recovery options; a review of the long-term sustainable diversion limits and the basin diversion limits; and how it could all be brought together to create a set of recommendations.

“The northern basin’s a lot less regulated than the southern basin,” he said.

“It was recognised that there were knowledge gaps in environmental water requirements in the northern basin.”

He said the science review was looking at “environmental water requirements, particularly for the Lower Balonne floodplain, Narran Lakes and the Barwon-Darling river system”.

MDBA general manager David Galeano said he wanted to hear about the ways local communities preferred to receive information and keep in touch with the authority. 

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