Interim Inspector-General shown importance of water to MIA

22 April 2021

Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) hosted the Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance, Troy Grant, earlier this week, as part of his tour of the MIA.
MI CEO, Brett Jones, was pleased to be able to discuss several matters of importance with the Inspector-General including the need for action on Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism projects.
The SDLAM projects were created as a part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to protect communities and agricultural production while still delivering outcomes for the environment. Under legislation, at least 605GL can be saved via the projects and if they fail to deliver the required savings the onus will likely fall back to communities to offer up more productive water.
“Part of the Interim Inspector-General’s role is to engage with the community about the water resource management of the Murray-Darling Basin, deliver the highest accountability for water use and seek to restore confidence in the integrity of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan,” Mr Jones said.
“Should the current approved SDLAM projects not proceed, or alternatives be agreed and implemented, communities and irrigators remain at risk of further water recovery by the Commonwealth.
“Clearly, this water is most likely to come from the irrigators in our districts, which is completely unacceptable to our customers and our communities who are reliant on irrigation.”
As part of his tour of MI, Mr Grant and his team were shown MI’s Operations Control Room and modernised infrastructure, with the Interim Inspector-General left in no doubt about the importance of water to the entire community.
“Irrigation is the lifeblood of the MIA, and a critical input for agriculture,” Mr Jones said.
“We all want a healthy working basin to support the growth and opportunity in our region, and have always been intent on protecting, promoting and enhancing the natural assets of this region.”

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