Recovering an extra 450Gl of 'up-water' from the Murray-Darling Basin must be a "last resort" according to the dairy industry's peak body.
Speaking ahead of Friday's Ministerial Council meeting about the plan, the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has called for the measure only to be considered once the primary 2750Gl target has been achieved and only if there are no negative socio-economic impacts.
ADIC water taskforce chair Daryl Hoey said while the organisation supported the goal of achieving better environmental outcomes, there was little evidence that extracting 450Gl of water out of the consumptive pool before first securing the Basin Plan’s 2750Gl target would benefit the environment.
“The Australian dairy industry is our third biggest agricultural industry, worth $4.3 billion at the farm gate, and we must cautiously assess any potential effects on farmers and broader Basin communities,” Mr Hoey said.
The ADIC submission can be viewed here.
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