The Northern Basin Review (NBR) has been confirmed after passing its last hurdle, with 70 gigalitres of water to be retained by local communities in the Northern Basin.

The parliamentary disallowance period for the NBR instrument formally expired, meaning the senate can no longer repeal the NBR through a simple disallowance vote.

Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the NBR would enable 70 gigalitres of water to be retained by local communities in the Northern Basin.

“Keeping that water in local communities will protect around 200 jobs in the Northern Basin community,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Having cleared this final hurdle, northern basin communities finally have certainty.

Minister Littleproud initially signed the NBR instrument on 2 July 2018 following agreement with the Labor Party to end the water wars.

“The Murray-Darling Basin is a critical natural resource and the Basin Plan, which ensures we pass that on to future generations, should be above politics,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The agreement will improve compliance, improve outcomes for Aboriginal people and protect environmental flows.

”The Northern Basin Review process was included in the Basin Plan with the agreement of all jurisdictions in 2012.

“Today’s milestone further confirms the delivery of a ‘toolkit’ of environmental works and measures to be rolled out over the next few years.

“This will include environmental works projects – such as fishways to promote fish movement and habitat – that will also generate new local jobs.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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