Media release: Leading water expert hails historic deal for Murray-Darling Basin

Wednesday 26 March 2008

Leading Australian water expert Professor Gary Jones, CEO of eWater CRC, has welcomed today’s agreement on the Murray-Darling Basin that will enable much-needed water to be directed to the environment.

The Victorian Government’s decision to sign the rescue package will now enable the elements of the rescue package to proceed. $5.9 billion will be invested in irrigation supply infrastructure such as lining channels and piping water and improving farm irrigation technology. 50% of the water saved through these initiatives should flow to the environment. An additional $3 billion has been allocated under the plan to buy back water for the environment from willing irrigators. Professor Jones says “Now the agreement is in place, it’s time to start spending the money and stop talking about it!” “The environment needs this investment desperately. In parts of the Murray-Darling Basin the environment is in crisis. We welcome the Victorian Government’s decision to sign the deal and would urge all governments to take action quickly before it is too late.” [ends] For more information please contact Professor Gary Jones.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Professor Gary Jones
Phone: 02 6201 5167
Email: [email protected]