Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says the initial findings of the GMID Socio Economic report are likely to show the impact of the Murray Darling Basin Plan has already had a demonstrably negative impact on numerous economic and social indicators across the region.
“Without a timely change to Federal and State policy, the future of the GMID will be highly compromised” Ms Sheed said.
The Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Leadership Forum met this week with the consultants who were commissioned by the Forum to undertake the study.
“The initial findings sadly confirm what was anticipated at the Water Summit, held in Tatura in October last year.
“Under the current Murray Darling Basin Plan, we may struggle to meet our environmental water commitment, possibly forcing further government buyback schemes, which our community cannot afford,” Ms Sheed said.
“It will come as no surprise to people in our region if many of the findings of the MDB A’s own socio-economic study in the northern regions of the Murray Darling Basin are replicated in our area. Local communities have been telling the MDBA for a long time that the impacts are, and will continue to be serious and the studies are now showing this to be the case,” Committee for Greater Shepparton Chair, and member of the Forum David McKenzie said.
The meeting was also attended by Murray Darling Association Executive Officer Emma Bradbury, who applauded the GMID study, as an “informative starting point” to galvanise Murray Darling Basin communities.
The GMID Water Leadership Forum will reconvene on September 28, where the complete draft report is expected to be tabled and adopted.
It will be released at a second Water Summit, to be held in late October.
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