MORE than 2300 submissions on the proposed amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan were received by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) in the past 13 weeks.
The extended deadline for submissions closed on Friday.
MDBA chief executive Phillip Glyde thanked those who had taken the time to make a submission, saying the large number of submissions showed there was a strong public interest in the plan amendment process.
‘‘The MDBA reached out to people through a variety of methods, such as roundtable meetings, drop-ins, industry-focused meetings and one-on-one farm visits, social media and our website, because we know one method alone doesn’t suit everyone,’’ Mr Glyde said.
‘‘In total, we met with about 1000 people during the consultation period. The over 2300 submissions received were from people and organisations across the basin, as well as from areas outside it.
‘‘The submissions covered a range of views, from those who felt strongly that the current water recovery settings should be retained or enhanced, through to those who advocated for no more water recovery.
‘‘We are assessing the submissions we’ve received to see if there is any new information presented, or if the submissions demonstrate a need to change the proposal we put forward.’’
The proposal is to reduce the Northern Basin water recovery target by 70 gigalitres and change some ground water area extraction limits.