Prime Minister Gillard is expected to increase the environmental flows for the Murray to 3200 Gl.October 26, 2012 8:00am
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will unveil plans to put an extra 450 billion litres back into the Murray River.
In order to head off a potential legal challenge to the Murray Darling Basin plan, Ms Gillard will announce, in South Australia that 450 billion litres of water will be back in the river from 2019, at a cost of $1.7 billion, national radio and print media are reporting.
It’s believed the increase water will come from on-farm efficiencies.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority had earlier settled on a 2750 Gl figure.
In May, when the revised draft Murray Darling Basin plan was released, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said he would launch a challenge in the High Court if the federal government agreed to the plan in that form.
He said at the time the planned water flows were not enough to ensure the river system’s long-term health.
Earlier this month, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority produced modelling showing how 3200 Gl would reach more environmental targets, but failed to explore the costs to river communities.
A former priest and teacher at St Colman's in Shepparton has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student in 1970.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Echuca Lion Ken Walter has been presented with the International President’s Medal.
Rochester Tigers take on Rochester United today in the Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 match.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
Two primary school students have been among just 25 in Victoria to be awarded the Prime Ministers NAIDOC Medal.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
Pre-schools in Heathcote and Colbinabbin will benefit from grants announced last week.
Moira Shire Council says 36 cents of every dollar spent on staff costs is 'not an unusual number'.
Works on Edward River Beach to Beach Walk to be completed.
Further redundancies at Victoria’s largest rural water corporation, Goulburn-Murray Water, are possible, with more efficiency reviews being carried out.
Rotary's inaugural Community Policing Award goes to Detective Leading Senior Constable Jenny Parker for her work above and beyond her duties working with victims of sexual abuse.
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