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National Water Commission: No plan - no future for Murray-Darling

National Water Commission: No plan - no future for Murray-Darling

Media Release: 5 September 2008

The comment by CEO earlier this week, that there are no national guidelines for dealing with over-allocation, raises questions about the raison-d'etre of the Commission.

He went on to say that, under current conditions, many significant water-dependent ecosystems are under threat.

According to their own , "the National Water Commission is responsible for driving progress towards the sustainable management and use of Australia's water resources under our blueprint for water reform - the National Water Initiative".

The Commission also states that "the National Water Initiative aims to improve environmental management practices to ensure adequate water for the environment and for other public benefit outcomes. Defining management goals, establishing environmental water managers and monitoring environmental outcomes are central to meeting this aim".

Fair Water Use has contacted Mr Matthews, asking him to define how the Commission intends to drive towards this vital aim of the National Water Initiative: a scheme which, by his own admission, is devoid of a national strategy to address over-allocation, at the root of the current Murray-Darling crisis.

This is yet another justification of the need to declare a State of Emergency and to empanel a Royal Commission to inquire into the management and governance of the Murray-Darling Basin, as submitted yesterday by Fair Water Use to the Senate inquiry into water management in the Coorong and Lower Lakes:

State of Emergency documentation:

Royal Commission documentation:

Contact: Ian Douglas: 0416 022178

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