Murray Darling Basin Supply Measures Package
NSW is committed to delivering a Murray Darling Basin Plan that meets a triple bottom line outcome for regional communities and the environment. This includes ensuring any further Basin Plan activities must have positive social and economic outcomes.
Through an agreed package of supply measures under the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) Adjustment Mechanism, Basin Governments are seeking to offset the full remaining water recovery gap in the southern Basin. This includes a balanced pathway to implement the Murray-Darling Basin Plan package agreed in 2012, including:
- Supply measures of 650 gigalitres (GL) to offset the Basin Plan water recovery target of 2,750 GL, using the SDL Adjustment Mechanism
- Constraints measures, that avoid third party impacts, or where impacts are able to be mitigated, to address impediments to delivering environmental water
- Efficiency measures to recover an additional 450 GL by 2024, delivering neutral or improved socio-economic outcomes
- The Structural and Operational Changes at Menindee Lakes, which includes revised sharing arrangements for Menindee with new infrastructure for improved operations
The Menindee Lakes are a significant natural, cultural and economic resource for Australia; NSW is committed to improving the management of the Lakes system to optimise these objectives.
As a significant part of improved management arrangements, NSW will look to move Menindee management towards outcome based operating rules, to ensure management and water delivery are aligned to results and improved water management.