Healthy River Ambassadors Rosa Hillam and Anne Jensen met with SA Liberal Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick on 25 November to discuss Basin issues, and found that he had already issued a press release saying he was committed to seeing the full 3200 GL returned to the river system. Adrian is calling for all parties to work collaboratively to deliver the Plan in full.
It’s been a roller coaster period in recent weeks for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, with fiery arguments about how to reduce over-allocation of precious water resources but it seems to have reached a positive outcome in the last few days, with bi-partisan calls for the Basin Plan to be implemented in full, with 3200 GL to be returned to sustain river health into the future.
At first it seemed that all the attention was on the bad language used by a very frustrated Water Minister, rather than on the disagreements over returning water to the river systems, but it seems to have been a wake-up call which has focused attention on the key reforms needed.The State Liberal leader Stephen Marshall is now also calling for the 3200 GL, as well as Assistant Minister and Federal Liberal SA Senator Anne Ruston, who said on talk-back radio that implementation of the Plan in full means 3200 GL. So we have all key politicians calling for the same outcome, joining SA’s Premier and Water Minister in their campaign for a sustainable future for the Basin. Here’s to continuing positive steps towards full implementation of the Basin Plan in coming months and years!