Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Resignation of Mr Mike Taylor

Media release
7 December 2010

The chairman of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Mr Mike Taylor has handed in his resignation.

I would like to thank him for his time and the effort he put in to this role.

It has been a difficult time for the Authority, with the release of the Guide and significant levels of community concern.

Mr Taylor has led the Authority’s community consultations over this past year and although it may have been personally difficult he continued to front each one.

He has shown persistence and openness during these consultations where there were people who were angry, distressed and confused.

I am determined to continue on with the job of reforming the Murray Darling Basin.

I will ensure that Mr Taylor’s resignation will not detract from our goal of seeing healthy rivers, strong communities and continued food production.

It has been known for some time that there has been a difference of opinion between the Government and the Murray Darling Basin Authority over the interpretation of the Water Act.

The Government stands by its interpretation of the Water Act, which was the view of the previous Government when the Water Act was introduced by Malcolm Turnbull.

We are determined optimise all three outcomes; healthy rivers, strong communities, and continued food production.

No decision on a replacement has been made.