Council formalises call for action on Murray-Darling Basin

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Mildura Rural City Council has called for action on the Murray-Darling Basin following formal adoption of a position paper at this week’s Ordinary Council meeting.

The document outlines Council’s support for a holistic and balanced approach to water management and a desire for a sustainable Murray-Darling Basin.

The position paper states that a plan is necessary to achieve this vision and outlines 25 measures to achieve these objectives.

It outlines Council’s position and calls for action in the following eight key areas relating to the Murray-Darling Basin:

  • water management
  • governance, transparency and accountability
  • water markets – trading and ownership
  • agricultural expansion
  • salinity impact zones
  • community sustainability
  • environmental watering
  • common interests.

This week’s decision follows a formal submission process in which residents were invited to provide input on a draft position paper during March and April this year. This feedback was considered in finalising the document adopted this week.

Mildura Mayor Simon Clemence said Council will use the position paper to continue advocating on behalf of the community for improved management of the Murray-Darling Basin.

“The Murray-Darling Basin serves a critical role economically, socially, culturally and environmentally for towns and cities throughout its length and breadth,” Cr Clemence said.

“By stating our position we’re adding our voice to growing calls for action on the Basin’s management to ensure its sustainability.”

The position paper can be viewed from the link on this page and on Council’s website at www.mildura.vic.gov.au

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