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September 08, 2017

About 50 people attended the first of a series of public meetings yesterday aimed at helping to achieve the Sustainable Diversion Limit for the Murray Darling.

The Murray Darling Basin Authority has outlined how it will handle environmental projects that will save water for the river system, but some stakeholders want more information.

In a Shepparton meeting, irrigators and environmentalists asked for more detail on the projects, which will help achieve the Sustainable Diversion Limit for the Murray Darling.

The authority has a target to meet of 650Gl in water savings and the Murray Darling states want to know how it will be achieved at the end of the year.

The authority told the Shepparton meeting the project information would be available in the first week of October, which will be followed by a month-long public consultation process.

About 50 people attended yesterday’s meeting, which was addressed by chief executive officer Phil Glyde, chairman Neil Andrew, and other Authority representatives.

It was the first of a series of meetings explaining sustainable diversion limits, to be held across the basin.

In his opening speech, Mr Glyde acknowledged the impact and angst that had been caused by the Murray-Darling plan, and how the northern Victorian community had to cope with a range of water-reform changes.

He said the basin plan seeks to restore water diversions to a sustainable level.

According to the authority, the SDLs will make more water available to the environment, to improve and maintain the health of waterways, lakes, major wetlands and floodplains within the basin, as well as protect habitats for animals and plants that rely on its water.

More reports on the meeting in Country News next week.

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