People living in the Murray-Darling Basin are being asked to have their say on a social and economic impact test which will govern water recovery in the Basin.
The ‘neutrality test’ will make sure on-farm water-saving projects only have positive or neutral social and economic impacts.
Southern Basin state governments have also been working on their own criteria for their state-led projects as requested by the Ministerial Council in June 2018.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the Government is working closely with Basin States.
“We’ve got one chance to get this right,” Minister Littleproud said.
“We’re determined to keep our rural communities strong while we restore the health of the Basin. We want the knowledge from our rural communities to feed into this criteria.
“The new criteria will be an extra safeguard for Basin communities.”
Sefton and Associates will run the consultations on the draft program criteria with Murray Darling Basin communities.
Consultation starts on Friday 19 October 2018, and runs for three weeks in communities between Toowoomba and Murray Bridge—register your interest here: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is also surveying Basin communities online.
Source: Australian Government