The RGA is still at the table
Today the Minco ministers meet to address ongoing concerns about
the implementation of the MDB Plan. Prior to the meeting the Ministers will
have received National Farmers Federation's (NFF's) 9 crucial priorities to fix
The RGA were a significant contributor in the setting of these
priorities and pressed hard for the inclusion of their member's policies. In
particular the RGA requested the government explores different pathways for new
or alternate SDLAM projects and ensures greater participation from communities.
The RGA further asserts that the government imposed deadline of 2024 for the
recovery of an additional 450GL of water cannot be achieved with neutral or
positive socio-economic impacts. These deadlines are not in the interest of our
communities or the environment.
The NFF report focused on the fundamental improvements for
the MDB Plan. It highlights the shortcomings of the consultative process, the
necessity of implementing the Productivity Commissions' recommendations, of
improving the flexibility of the SDLAM projects and developing water sharing
plans that are based on proper, comprehensive consultation with communities.
We are calling for a commitment from all Governments to work
together to fix the plan.
Read the full letter here.
Ricegrowers' Association of Australia