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Western Downs Mayor calls out Senate for risking local producers and communities

15 February 2018

Senate blocks Federal Government's changes to Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Western Downs producers put at risk

Senate blocks Federal Government’s changes to Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Mayor says Western Downs producers put at risk

Communities, industry and irrigators in the Western Downs have been given a slap in the face, after the Senate voted to block changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan which would have seen cuts to the amount of water returned to the environment.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh says the future of Western Downs communities and producers has been put at risk.

“The Senate’s decision undermines the confidence in the entire Murray-Darling water allocation process,” he said.

“The radical intervention of the Senate puts at risk the future of communities and producers in the Western Downs that are reliant on water. Politics seems to be overriding common sense.”

Mayor McVeigh said the proposed changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan would have seen the region maintain its level of access to water, helping region’s agricultural industry expand and deliver higher quality produce.

“Our agriculture industry is the backbone of our region and we want to see our communities benefit from the plan, not take a step backwards,” he said.

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