The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has launched a compliance review across the basin following allegations of water theft earlier this year.
The review includes an independent panel and MDBA officers considering current water management procedures in light of best practice.
Field visits have been undertaken, and MDBA spokesperson Russell James said the review will consider current state legislation and administration of compliance across the basin.
"We have wasted no time in getting this review underway. In recent weeks we have been in the Riverland, Murrumbidgee, Barwon-Darling, Goulburn-Murray and Lower Balonne to take a closer look at how compliance is working on-the-ground," James said.
"During these field trips we have met with more than 45 representatives from regional communities, community groups, property owners and irrigators, former public servants, environmental groups and staff from various Commonwealth, state and local government agencies.
"We have also held six targeted roundtable meetings with water users and stakeholder groups around the Basin attended by more than 80 people.”
James said the field visits are important to enable a thorough review, with input from local stakeholders helping to uncover issues with compliance to date.
"These field trips form an essential part of the review process – seeing compliance operations in action and hearing from local farmers and stakeholders will help us identify impediments to compliance and ways to strengthen approaches,” James said.
"It is vital that everyone can have trust in the Basin Plan and the systems for its successful implementation – so we are working hard to ensure that these systems are in place to deliver it.”
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