Water Recovery Strategy for the Murray-Darling Basin
About this document
On 2 June 2014, the Australian Government released the Water Recovery Strategy for the Murray-Darling Basin.
The Strategy outlines the Government's approach to recovering water for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin, whilst maximising positive outcomes for farmers and communities. This includes prioritising water recovery through infrastructure investment over water purchasing.
A draft Strategy was released in November 2012 for public consultation which closed on 22 March 2013.
On 18 May 2015, the Australian Government agreed to an amendment to the Water Recovery Strategy to include an additional area for water purchasing:
- the New South Wales Barwon-Darling catchment, where a gap remains to bridge the northern Basin shared component for water recovery, as set out in the Basin Plan.
It is anticipated that limited purchasing within the northern Basin will be compatible with the Northern Basin Review outcomes, due at the end of this year. The Government has considered this tender following approaches from irrigators. The community-based Northern Basin Advisory Committee is also supportive of a proposal to recover water licences in the Barwon-Darling catchment ahead of the Northern Basin Review.
The Water Recovery Strategy will be updated before the end of June to include the latest information on water recovery progress and to outline additional areas for future recovery, including the Barwon-Darling catchment.