On the day that he announces his backing for an independent public inquiry to address serious allegations of water misappropriation in New South Wales, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham has started a water usage investigation of a different type – An independent review into rural water metering.
The Minister says effective metering and measurement is key to managing water resources and providing scientific integrity to water planning.
“You can’t manage what you can’t measure. I have asked for this review, to ensure that Queensland has its house in order after the significant changes to the management and operation of our metering systems.”
“The Queensland independent metering review will examine maintenance and operation of meters and water use reporting.
The review will work with the findings of any national inquiry and provide its initial findings by November 2017.
Meanwhile the Minister has thrown Queensland’s support behind South Australia and Victoria in demanding scrutiny of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
“I am extremely disappointed by allegations of water theft by some irrigators in New South Wales and the alleged lack of action by the New South Wales Government.”
“The Murray–Darling Basin Plan is backed by latest and best science, but it can only protect the nation’s largest river system if irrigators and regulators do the right thing.”
Victoria and South Australia have both called for an independent Public Inquiry with the ability to compel witnesses to give evidence, with recommendations considered by the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council, and then put before COAG.
The Commonwealth Government is proposing a review by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
The Minister says we wants the Commonwealth to work more closely with the states to develop a