Victoria Minister for Water Peter Walsh
Victoria Demands New Process On Murray-Darling Basin
Victor P Taffa
Victorian Water Minister Peter Walsh has called for a new process to be established during the development of the draft of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
Mr. Walsh, who attended the fourth meeting of the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council in Albury today, reiterated that Victoria did not agree with the current process.
“Recent Rain has given us the time we need to go back to the drawing board and develop the Plan Properly.” Mr. Walsh said.
“It is now incumbent upon the Commonwealth and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to delay the drafting of the plan until the problems with the Guide to the Draft of the Basin Plan are addressed and a new engagement process is undertaken with Basin communities.”
“The consultation process has been nothing short of a disaster, the ecology is fundamentally flawed, the socio-economic analysis has been inadequate, and judgements have not been explicitly identified and justified.” Mr. Walsh said.
“Victoria’s Basin communities are prepared to have a conversation about the health of the Basin, but only if fair consideration is given to their needs.”
“Instead the Guide has been divisive within Basin communities and created uncertainty and chaos.” Mr. Walsh said.
“Victoria demands a new process which deals equally and transparently with social, economic and environmental outcomes.”
“Northern Victorian communities must have a real say in decisions which affect their future, and they cannot have confidence in the development of the Plan as it currently stands.” Mr. Walsh said.