Historic day for the Murray–Darling Basin as NSW submits final water plans

1 July 2020

A major milestone in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been reached with New South Wales submitting its final nine water resource plans.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt welcomed the plans that are an essential part of securing long-term sustainable water management across all parts of the Basin Plan. 

“Confidence is built when communities and water users know the rules, and water resource plans provide the transparency and confidence all Basin communities need,” Minister Pitt said.

Minister Pitt acknowledged the work by the New South Wales Government and stakeholders across the state that was required to reach this point.

“Bringing state legislation into line with Commonwealth law is a significant accomplishment and I look forward to further collaboration with all states and the ACT on water management in the Murray-Darling Basin,” Minister Pitt said.

“I acknowledge that NSW has had the biggest share of that job, with responsibility for completing 20 of the 33 water resource plans in the Basin that’s required extensive consultation and coordinated effort across multiple agencies over a number of years,” Minister Pitt said.

I’m also pleased to see the Victorian, Queensland, South Australian and ACT plans have all now been accredited and are in operation and with NSW now on board, this critical part of the Basin Plan is almost complete.

“I will look forward to receiving the outcome of the work ahead by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to assess the plans, to ensure they are fit for accreditation.”

The MDBA’s assessment of the plans against the 55 requirements of Chapter 10 of the Basin Plan will occur over the coming months before the Authority makes a recommendation to Minister Pitt regarding the accreditation of New South Wales’ plans.