The MRFF seeks to set the record straight following media bias of NSW Healthy Floodplains Program Report.
Water is precious to all, and when it’s increasingly scarce, like during our current drought, sensationalised and incorrect media reporting leads to poor outcomes.
The ABC chose to present such a story, which included misleading and false claims regarding the NSW Healthy Floodplains Program.
In particular the ABC presented the harvesting of flood events as a legal ‘loophole’ and that the NSW Healthy Floodplains Program increases water extraction.
Both assertions are incorrect; this harvesting has been regulated since 1912, and the NSW Healthy Floodplains Program:
- keeps extraction capped for individual farmers based on their historical usage (2000); and,
- System water use cannot exceed what was allowed under the 1993-4 Murray Darling Basin Cap.
MRFF believes that licencing irrigators within the Healthy Floodplains Program strengthens their regulation and places them within a monitoring and enforcement framework.
MRFF members, like other organisations such as Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association (GVIA) and New South Wales Irrigators Council (NSWIC) are strong supporters of initiatives like the NSW Healthy Floodplains Program that strengthen monitoring and enforcement of the Murray Darling Plan.
Through these actions the community can have confidence in the Plan, and provide certainty to shared environmental, social and economic outcomes.
To this end, MRFF encourages the ABC to provide an important role in the Murray Darling Basin by applying its charter to reporting the facts