An agreement was made at this year’s Ministerial Council meeting in Canberra on Sunday 4 August 2019 that issues around deliverability of water in the Murray Darling Basin will be peer-reviewed by an independent expert panel.

The agreement is a significant win for water users across the Basin.

To complement the review, Victoria and New South Wales also agreed to further investigate the modelling of constraints projects to restore community confidence in this aspect of the Basin Plan.

The Ministerial Council had a united front on the critical importance of the agreed socio-economic criteria underpinning further water recovery – reiterating that there would be no further buy-backs unless it can be proven this would not negatively impact Basin communities.

Victoria is on track to deliver our targets under the Basin Plan without further buy backs – which would force already high water prices up further and take vital water needed for farms out of our regions.

Click to read the entire press release at the Premier website.