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SRI backs CSIRO on MDB plan

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September 02, 2017

A FOOD producers’ group has welcomed the acknowledgement that ‘‘complementary measures’’ are needed in the Murray-Darling Basin.

A FOOD producers’ group has welcomed the acknowledgement that ‘‘complementary measures’’ are needed in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Southern Riverina Irrigators says it will be interested to learn more about an unreleased CSIRO report that is believed to state measures such as carp control, fishways and fixing cold water pollution are needed.

It has been a strong advocate for governments and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to look at more adaptive management in delivering the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

SRI chair Graeme Pyle said it was heartening that leading scientists are recognising healthy river systems need more than a ‘just add water’ approach.

“Until now opinions of this nature have fallen on deaf ears, so hopefully we can get this out in the open and have sensible discussion and common sense decisions,’’ he said.

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