Archived Industry News for Water Professionals - April, 2012
The Victorian Government has announced it has rejected the proposed Murray Darling Basin Plan, saying the social and economic costs incurred from the plan would be too costly.
Releasing the Victorian Government's submission to the draft plan, State Water Minister Peter Walsh warned the Federal Government against taking more water from Victoria.
"Further cuts to consumptive water will reduce employment, put pressure on families to seek off-farm income, place downward pressure on house and land values and increase welfare dependency,” Water Minister Peter Walsh said.
Construction of the second phase of the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant (SSDP) is running to schedule with water expected to be produced for the integrated scheme by December 2012.
The South Australian Government has blasted the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) draft plan, saying the allocated 2750 gigalitres for environmental flow is not enough to return the system to a state of health.