Wee Waa Meeting with the MDBA

Wee Waa Meeting with the MDBA

Attached is a copy of the presentation given at the Wee Waa meeting on the Northern Basin Review. The MDBA have summarised the key concerns and suggestions (plus responses) that were raised at the meeting
Sunday, January 08, 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (830)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Science ‘myth’ in basin plan

Science ‘myth’ in basin plan

by SHEPPARTON NEWS DECEMBER 07, 2016

A leading Australian river scientist has described comments from the Australian Conservation Foundation as ‘‘misleading and manipulative’’.

An environmental flows specialist and visiting researcher based at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands, John Conallin wants a more mature debate about achieving the right balance between water for environmental and productive use in Australia.

He was particularly concerned with a statement from the ACF’s health ecosystems manager Jonathan La Nauze, who said the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s legislated mandate was to set at scientifically determined sustainable levels the amount of water that is permitted to be taken out of rivers for irrigation.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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SA’s Basin Plan expectations out of touch

SA’s Basin Plan expectations out of touch

ANDREW NORRIS 26 Nov 2016, 5 a.m. The Land

SOUTH Australia needs to steady its horses on its demands for the extra 450 gigalitres it was promised in 2012 as part of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The 450GL, announced at the eleventh hour to get the southern-most Basin state to sign up to Labor’s deal, was purely a political play by then federal Water Minister Tony Burke. It was easy for him to smugly announce what amounted to a deal sweetener, knowing it was most likely some other government that would have to deal with the fall-out.

Friday, November 25, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (772)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Murray Darling Basin talk sinks to low level

Murray Darling Basin talk sinks to low level

EDITORIAL, The Weekly Times November 23, 2016 12:00am

IT’S not every day the Murray Darling Basin Plan makes headlines — its complicated web of legislation can be daunting for even those with the biggest interests at stake.

But its implementation must be discussed and developments this past week have made it clear that cool heads and good policy — not politics — must prevail.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case at last week’s ministerial meeting when South Australian Water Minister Ian Hunter let loose with a foul-mouthed tirade directed at his interstate counterparts, including Barnaby Joyce and Victorian Lisa Neville, before walking out on a meeting that continued without him.

His behaviour has gone largely undisciplined by SA Premier Jay Weatherill, who says he’s counselled Mr Hunter “not to use those words again” but backs the sentiments behind the outburst — every South Australian should be angry, Mr Weatherill reckons, if the state doesn’t get the extra 450GL promised.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair describes Northern Basin Review as "double-edged sword"

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair describes Northern Basin Review as "double-edged sword"

By Lucy McNally Updated yesterday at 7:21pm

The MDBA is proposing to remove more productive water from the Namoi & this will impact Wee Waa. Despite finding the state has already been over-recovered.

The term "productive water" refers to water used to grow food and fibre. When water is returned to the environment — and becomes "unproductive" — job opportunities are reduced and in the next drought this is when these reductions will bite hard in Wee Waa.



The New South Wales Government has criticised the Murray Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA) long-awaited Northern Basin Review, saying it is unfair on farmers in the north of the state.


The authority has recommended a reduction in water recovery targets from 390 gigalitres to 320 gigalitres, amid plummeting employment in some communities where water has been taken from farmers and returned to the environment.

The recommendations were part of the MDBA's review, which looked at the socioeconomic impact of the Murray Darling Basin Plan on communities in southern Queensland and northern NSW.

In NSW, employment in Collarenebri fell by 21 per cent, and 11 per cent in Warren under the plan, which was implemented in 2012.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Ian Hunter: Barnaby Joyce on receiving end of SA minister’s tirade

Ian Hunter: Barnaby Joyce on receiving end of SA minister’s tirade

November 18, 2016 1:27pm NATALIE KOTSIOS

EXCLUSIVE: ACTING Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and a table of ministers have been told to “f**k off” and a female minister has been called a “c**t” by South Australia’s Water Minister Ian Hunter, during a meltdown that ended with the veteran MP storming out.

The extraordinary tirade directed towards Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville and Mr Joyce occurred during a dinner meeting in Adelaide of the Murray Darling Basin ministerial council.

The minister’s angry tirade then continued outside, with Mr Hunter telling department staff to also “f**k off” before demanding his staff also leave the meeting.

Mr Hunter and his team were later spotted outside eating ice-creams.

Thursday, November 17, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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