Politicians claim Murray plan not to blame
There is disagreement between green groups and government bodies as to whether rising water prices in the Murray River system are the result of the basin plan.
At a community meeting this week, Environment Victoria's Juliet Le Feuvre said the plan was not blame, but rather that market forces were being influenced by dry weather.
The meeting between irrigators, community leaders and politicians is considered particularly important, as some of the politicians in attendance will be involved in a Senate inquiry into the effect of the basin plan.
Ms Le Feurve said the plan was solid.
“There's a lot of buyers out there, I know people in South Australia are keen to buy water but that's how the market operates,” she said.
“They wanted the market, they've got it and now these are the consequences of having the market.”
Environment Victoria believes more time must elapse before the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s effects could be fully evaluated.
Ms Le Feuvre said the plan was designed to benefit more than just the farming sector.
“This plan has probably been the most scrutinised plan in the history of Australia,” she said.
“There's been no end of committees look into it before.
“In my view, the plan should be given a chance to actually do the job it's supposed to do, not be endlessly scrutinised years before it comes into full effect.”