Stronger ties for the Basin
WORK to strengthen compliance and enforcement regimes in the Murray-Darling Basin continue apace, with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority signing a memorandum of understanding with the Natural Resources Access Regulator.
MDBA chairman Neil Andrew said the memorandum of understanding would underpin strong and co-operative approach to compliance with, and enforcement of, water management rules in the Murray-Darling Basin.
"With so much public attention focused on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, it is more important than ever that the Australian people can have confidence the plan designed to protect the future of our most important water resource is being properly implemented, complied with and enforced,” Mr Andrew said.
"Regulatory responsibility for water in the Basin is shared between state governments and the Commonwealth, so it is vitally important we work effectively with each other.”
Mr Andrew said the MoU was the latest of the decisive steps taken by the MDBA to strengthen compliance across the entire Basin, including actions arising from the Basin-wide review of compliance completed by the MDBA and an independent panel last year.
"We will continue our efforts on compliance tirelessly, so all Australians can have faith and trust in the effectiveness of the Basin Plan,” he said.