Senator and Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham says the Government is working hard to come through on their promises and ensure the plan is implemented in full and on time.
“These two years have seen an impressive level of commitment and coordination between the Commonwealth and the basin state governments to progress basin water reform,” he said.
“Our approach to the implementation is logical, methodical and done in a way that benefits the environment, enhances regional economies and sustains basin communities.”
Since 2013, all states have signed up to the Implementation Agreement, which is fundamental to rolling out all of the Murray-Darling Basin reforms.
In addition, the first ever Water Recovery Strategy has been established to outline how and from where, water required to fulfill the Basin Plan will be recovered.
“The Water Recovery Strategy clearly outlines how we will achieve the aims of supporting healthy environments, strong economies and resilient communities, within the allocated funding,” Senator Birmingham said.
“The strategy focuses on infrastructure investment that makes irrigation businesses more water efficient, in return for more environmental water.
“Prioritising water recovery via infrastructure investment ensures we maintain or enhance farm production within the basin, while creating a healthier river system.”
The Basin Plan is set to be fully implemented by 2019.