Productivity Commission reports on water buybacks

The Productivity Commission has raised concerns about aspects of the design and sequencing of the Australian Government’s Murray-Darling Basin plan, noting problems in the commencement of buybacks before ratification of the plan. The Commission found that acquiring entitlements directly in active markets is likely to be more efficient that the current tender approach. Commissioner Neil Byron […]

Garrett announces tenders for Murray-Darling basin

By Staff Writer A total of $270 million in new water purchasing initiatives in the Murray-Darling Basin has been announced today by the Acting Minister for Water, Peter Garrett. A series of three short tenders of $90 million each will be conducted in the southern connected River Murray system in the first half of 2010. […]

NSW councils dive into water debate

By Angela Dorizas Councils across New South Wales have welcomed the extension of the Water Loss Management Program until June 2011. A joint initiative of the Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA) and the NSW Water Directorate, the program includes Commonwealth funding of $7.3m from the Water Smart Australia program, part of the Government’s $12.9 […]

Federal funding for water-saving projects

By Staff Writer The Federal Government has called for proposals from local government bodies in the Murray-Darling basin for water-saving initiatives to help communities prepare for a future of scarce water supply. Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said the water-saving initiatives formed part of the Government’s $200 million Strengthening Basin Communities […]


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