Still no decision on Murray-Darling

MORE than three years after starting work on a plan for water management in the Murray-Darling Basin, Water Minister Tony Burke is still not ready to sign off the plan.

Mr Burke has released the revised draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan, sending it to his state and territory counterparts.

The latest revisions included lowering the total groundwater limits from 4340 gigalitres a year to 3184 gigalitres a year.

But the plan left its environmental water recovery target at 2750 gigalitres a year.

While Mr Burke said he wasn't ready to sign off on the plan, he did plan to discuss it with state and territory water ministers in June.

Opposition Regional Australia spokesman Senator Barnaby Joyce said he was still concerned the states were not "on board" with the plan.


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