NSW water plan withdrawals highlight transparency woes

Stock Journal, 21 April 2021, Jamieson Murphy

MOST, if not all, of NSW’s 20 water resource plans may have to be withdrawn and resubmitted, and community groups are pointing to the processes as an example of the often cited lack of transparency.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has stressed it is all part of the process of ensuring the complex documents tick all the boxes, but stakeholders say the process lacks transparency.

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“The lack of transparency around what the problems are and how they’re going to be dealt with, that’s the real problem,” Inland Rivers Network president Beverley Smiles said.

“We’d like to see the reasons why they aren’t being accredited now and what the NSW government will be doing to address those problems.

“The Water Resource Plans are a key part of the implementation of the plan and community has the right to know what’s happening with them.”

Multiple reports into the MDBP have cited a perceived lack of transparency and community’s mistrust in the process.

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