Mildura Weekly : Friday July 12 Vol 13 No 36
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019 VOL 13#36 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU FREE EVERY FRIDAY THE ABC’s Four Corners program has produced another highly inflamma- tory report, alleging that billions of taxpayer’s dol- lars are being poured into grants handed to irrigators in an attempt to save more water. The grants referred to are being made under the Murray-Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program (MDBWIP), which is providing funding to upgrade water infrastruc- ture in the Murray-Darling Basin. Under the scheme, $1.5billion is available from the Water for the Environment Special Account to improve water efficiency and deliver 450 gigalitres of water savings for the environment by 2024. Water saving projects must be able to demonstrate a neutral or positive social and economic im- pact for the community. Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster responded to the Four Cor- ners report this week, saying that she has always supported the need for more transparency with the Murray- Darling Basin Plan (MDBP). “Minister (for Water Resources David) Littleproud is investigating various ways to bring greater trans- parency to the MDBP, and that is what we all want across all of the water dealings that have gone on, and the way that the MDBP is being managed,” she said. “I think we need to remember a few things. This was a plan intro- duced by Labor in 2012, signed by Julia Gillard – this has bipartisan support and the Coalition has had to roll it out and work with it – the alternative is not good.” Dr Webster agreed that the cur- rent plan needed to be reviewed, something she said Minister Lit- tleproud was undertaking. • Continued Page 3 UNDER FIRE! Murray-Darling Basin Plan in the spotlight...again Photo: PAUL MENSCH By John Dooley firstname.lastname@example.org @MilduraWeekly @MilduraWeekly ON THE RIGHT TRACK A retired W-Class tram was recently hoisted into the air from the back of a transport, and carefully lowered into place in the front garden of Sunraysia Residential Services’ (SRS) Benetook Farm. After spending the previous 30 years in a dusty workshop, the old tram made its final journey from the Newport Railway Workshops in Melbourne, to arrive at its new home in Mildura to be welcomed by SRS chief executive officer, Marian Luehman. The tram will spend the rest of its life as part of the SRS social enterprise farm. Full story Page 12.
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