Last week, the Water Legislation Amendment (Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2016 was introduced into the Senate. The Bill seeks to amend the Basin Plan 2012, the current framework that is regulating water consumption and governance in the Murray-Darling Basin Region. The Bill, if passed will alter Sustainable Diversion Limits. Sustainable Diversion Limits seek to balance economic, community and environmental interests and works as an adjustment mechanism to limit the amount of water available for consumptive use in the region.
The Plan was developed with the intention to alter Sustainable Diversion Limits over time, in order to evolve in response to climate change, technological advancements and shifts in stakeholder interests. This Bill extends the decision making timeline for Basin jurisdictions with the next adjustment measures for Sustainable Diversion limits now due by 30 June 2017.
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