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Letter to Craig Knowles, Chair of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority

For the attention of:

Craig Knowles
MDBA
Level 4, 51 Allara St,
Canberra City ACT 2601

Dear Mr Knowles,

We’ve taken far too much water out of the Murray-Darling for far too long. It’s time to get it right. I ask the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to guarantee that the Basin Plan will return enough flows to restore our rivers to long-term health.

Consistent with multiple lines of scientific evidence, the Basin Plan must return a minimum, annual average of 4,000 billion litres of water to the river system, or limit extraction to one third of natural flows.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan must

  • Flush out the salt in the Murray River so the water is usable.
  • Keep the Murray mouth open to ensure healthy and functional lakes and estuary.
  • Protect and restore the Basin’s key environmental assets and functions.
  • Halt the decline of waterbirds, fish, red gums and other flora and fauna.
  • Prepare the environment and other water users so they cope much better during drought

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