No time to lose in delivering projects for better outcomes

25 October 2021

The announcement last week from the Federal Government that $330Million will be spent to accelerate delivery of five Murray Darling Basin Plan projects, was welcomed by Murrumbidgee Irrigation.

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. Failure to achieve the projects by 2024 places productive water and the communities that use it at risk.

Murrumbidgee Irrigation CEO, Brett Jones congratulated the Federal and NSW governments for getting on with the job, “It is so important for our communities that these projects go ahead and that the full 650GL of potential offsets is achieved.

Accelerating some projects and rescoping others paves the way for positive outcomes up and down the Basin. More and more we are seeing that optimisation of existing systems and delivery networks is the key.”

“Along with our colleagues at Murray Irrigation and Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Ltd, we have been publicly calling for action to have the current or alternative SDLAM projects implemented with support from the community, so we welcome this commitment from Ministers Pitt and Pavey”, said Mr Jones.

Murrumbidgee Irrigation is keen to see the progress on key projects, and indeed stands ready to work with Government to identify opportunities to make water savings, including through the further optimisation of our delivery systems.

Minister Pitt has announced that the Program will ‘remove barriers and streamline construction funding arrangements to allow the delivery of five projects by June 2024’. “This is exactly what we need - equipment on the ground not projects bogged down in bureaucracy. We simply cannot afford for these projects not to go ahead.”

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