Photo: Tim J Keegan, Riverina Irrigation
The Murray-Darling basin covers 14% of Australia’s land mass generates 40% of the country’s income derived from agricultural production. Its name is derived from its two major rivers, the Murray River and the Darling River.
The basin is home to more than 2 million people and a further 1.3 million people, including the population of Adelaide who are reliant on its water resources.
The country has spent more than $8 billion trying to ensure the future of this crucial river system.
The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission has found Commonwealth officials committed gross maladministration, negligence and unlawful actions in drawing up the multi-billion-dollar deal to save Australia’s largest river system.
Coalition, Labor reach deal on Murray-Darling Basin Plan
murray-darling-s-future-hangs-in-the-balance-20180503-p4zd6s.html – @p_hannam
Basin politics: a plan for the Murray-Darling (2010)
Farmers face huge cuts to save Murray-Darling (2010)
Murray-Darling Basin Plan leaked before release next week (2011)
$5bn used to safeguard Murray-Darling from drought largely in vain, says study (2017)
Best laid plans – Australia is halfway into the most expensive environmental program ever mounted — the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Sarah Dingle investigates serious allegations that the money spent has been for very little environmental gain.
Best laid plans (Part 2) – The Federal Senate is due to vote on major changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan– if it passes, it will effectively end further water recovery for the environment in the river system.
— MD Basin Authority (@MD_Basin_Auth) March 20, 2017
— Natural Resources SAMDB (@nrsamdb) July 8, 2017
This is complicated but will effectively determine the future of the plan – Murray-Darling basin plan: Labor to decide whether to thwart changes https://t.co/Dfn6FiPhml
— Lenore Taylor (@lenoretaylor) May 7, 2018