The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission has today visited key sites at the end of the river system.
Commissioner Bret Walker SC, Senior Counsel Assisting Richard Beasley SC, and Commission staff visited the Murray Mouth, Coorong, and Lower Lakes for a first-hand view.
Mr Beasley said viewing the key sites provided an insight into the vulnerability of the region.
"What struck me is how vulnerable this area is, and how reliant on sufficient flow of water,” he said.
“Everything relies on sufficient flow, the plant life, the waterbirds, and the native fish."
“If there is low flow there is a domino effect: salinity increases, and things start to decline. The Coorong and Lower Lakes are RAMSAR-listed, making them wetlands of international importance, so they have huge ecological value. Protecting them and other areas of ecological significance is one of the key objectives of the Basin Plan.”
The Royal Commission will hold a Community Consultation at the Murray Bridge Community Club tomorrow from 10.30am to 12.30pm. To register to attend/speak at the session go to: mdbrc.sa.gov.au email: mdbroyalcommission [at] mdbrc.sa.gov.au
Telephone: (08) 8207 1483 or toll free (from landlines) 1800 842 817.
The Commission will also visit key sites across the Basin, and hold Community Consultations in local communities, with more details to come.
The Commission was established in January 2018 by the South Australian Governor to inquire into the operations and effectiveness of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
The Commissioner is due to provide his report on 1 February, 2019.
To inform its work the Commission is also:
Receiving written submissions from the public, with the submission period open until 30 April, 2018. Submissions can be uploaded at mdbrc.sa.gov.au.
Conducting public hearings to gain more information about the Basin Plan and its impacts.
For updates on the Commission go to its website at mdbrc.sa.gov.au and connect on Facebook and Twitter.
The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission’s Basin tour includes:
- Murray Mouth, Coorong, and Lower Lakes (SA)
- Murray Bridge (SA)
- Albury-Wodonga (NSW/Vic)
- Moree (NSW)
- Goondiwindi (Qld)
- Broken Hill (NSW)
- Mildura (Vic)
- Renmark (SA)
- Bourke (NSW)
- Shepparton (Vic)