MURRAY-DARLING BASIN ROYAL COMMISSION

The South Australian Government has published the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission Report.

The Marshall Liberal Government will not rush into a response to the report and will take a measured and thorough approach.

As always I have fought for the health of the Murray River including fighting the building of a weir at Wellington during the millennium drought.

I believe we should keep working with the Murray Darling Basin Plan to ensure we deliver the outcomes we need for the environment, irrigators and critical human needs.

I fully support returning 3200GL of water to the basin for environmental recovery.

In delivering this amount of water we need to explore all options to recover water from the system including infrastructure upgrades.

It is clear from the Report that all water in the system should be measured and until this happens accurate data and adequate planning will not happen to the detriment of downstream communities.

I welcome the $70m Project Coorong recovery package which will support the long-term health of the Coorong.  

I will always fight for the health of the River Murray and always have done in the full knowledge of where we sit at the bottom of the system.