Compliance boost for the Murray-Darling Basin with new Inspector-General

The Water Legislation Amendment (Inspector–General of Water Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2021 (Cth) (Amendment) was passed by the Commonwealth Parliament on 24 June 2021. This is the most significant amendment to Water Act 2007 (Cth) in almost a decade. The EDO’s Freshwater Team examines the lead up to this amendment, evaluates its strengths and highlights […]

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Environment loses as subsidies drive extractions in Murray-Darling Basin

EDO water law specialist Emma Carmody has co-authored an article published today which finds that the Australian Government’s $4 billion irrigation efficiency program for the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) has led to irrigators who received infrastructure subsidies extracting up to 28 per cent more water than those who did not. Dr Carmody and water management experts […]

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Analysis: Murray-Darling Basin irrigators convicted of water extraction offence – the recent judgment

On 19 March 2020, the NSW Land and Environment Court delivered judgment in WaterNSW’s prosecution of two irrigators in the northern Murray-Darling Basin. The Court found that the irrigators extracted water from the Barwon-Darling River in contravention of a condition of their water supply works and use approval, which is an offence under the Water […]

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Threats to wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin

Sadly, wetlands are among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin wetlands are no exception. While many wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin naturally cycle between wetter and drier periods, drier periods have recently become significantly longer. The main reason for this is long-term over consumption of water for human use, particularly irrigation […]

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Public consultation – Draft scoping requirements for four of the proposed Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Project

This submission is made on the Draft Scoping Requirements for the Lindsay Island and Wallpolla Island Floodplain Restoration Projects Environmental Effects Statement and on the Draft Scoping Requirements for the Hattah Lakes North and Belsar-Yungera Floodplain Restoration Projects Environmental Effects Statement. We refer to these bundled projects collectively as ‘Projects’ in this submission. This submission […]

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