Push for basin plan to be amended

AMENDMENT PUSH: NSW Farmers Association president James Jackson.
AMENDMENT PUSH: NSW Farmers Association president James Jackson.

NSW Farmers and the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) have jointly written to all Murray Darling Basin state governments and the Commonwealth, calling for the Basin Plan to be amended.

NSW Farmers President James Jackson said farming communities across NSW and Victoria want to see the forthcoming Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council meeting agree to changes to the Plan to inject confidence back into the regional economy. "Changes must be made to the Basin Plan to ensure farmers can once again farm with confidence and certainty, creating the jobs needed to lead Australia's COVID-19 economic recovery."

"The Productivity Commission and most recently the WESA review and Sefton report have noted that the legislated deadline for delivering the Basin Plan in 2024 will not be achieved. Yet governments have not agreed to amend the Plan to reflect this."