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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Victoria signs up to implement historic basin reform

Media release
6 June 2013

Minister for Water Tony Burke said Victoria has become the first state to sign up to the agreement which pays to implement the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The Australian Government last year finalised the Murray-Darling Basin Plan ending a century long argument on how to manage our rivers.

“The Plan restores our rivers to health, supports strong regional communities and ensures sustainable food production,” Mr Burke said.

“The Murray Darling Basin plan is already law and the pathway to restore the rivers to permanent health is locked in.  

“The Intergovernmental Agreement ensures that  the states and the Commonwealth agree on the funding arrangement for the projects and the processes which make it happen.

“Once the IGA is concluded with all states, there is nothing left but implementation.

“Victoria signing on means there are four jurisdictions to go and I’m optimistic about the coming weeks.

“I thank Victoria for being the first state to sign on. All basin states have a lot at stake and the engagement has been constructive and professional.”