Victoria confirms Murray funding
The Victorian Government has confirmed its $30.65 million contribution to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
State Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, said that the Victorian Government’s contribution to the MDBA’s joint programs will help drive key research projects, such as the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre.
“The research centre, a funding beneficiary of the MDBA, provides information that helps manage environmental watering for the benefit of Murray-Darling Basin species and ecosystems,” Mr Walsh said.
“The centre has strong connections with Mildura and the wider regional community and with other agencies. The centre also has strong knowledge of key Basin sites including Lindsay Island, Hattah Lakes and Mulcra Island.
“MDBA funding directed to the research centre will go towards research and monitoring work, including helping to guide decisions on the best use of water recovered through the Living Murray project for use at these iconic sites.”
The Victorian Coalition Government’s 2013-14 Budget also includes $3 million for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to develop modelling over three years to minimise the complexity of water sharing arrangements, and ensure the maximum volume of offsets is identified.
“The Victorian Government believes a practical Murray-Darling Basin Plan can achieve environmental improvements with smarter use of less water, which will ease the impact on communities and jobs,” Mr Walsh said.