Drought stimulus package includes $100 million for SA to turn on desalination plant, leaving water for farmers upstream – 8 Nov 2019

Murray River water destined for Adelaide will be reallocated to farmers upstream so they can grow feed for their livestock, as part of a federal drought stimulus package announced in Canberra on Thursday.

  • The Government has committed drought stimulus worth hundreds of millions of dollars and cheap loans for farmers in drought
  • It also struck a $100m deal with SA so water for Adelaide can be used by farmers to grow fodder
  • The Government also released drought coordinator Stephen Day’s long-awaited report

The Government has struck a deal worth almost $100 million so that the South Australian Government can turn on its desalination plant to service Adelaide, leaving 100 gigalitres to be used to grow fodder upstream.



SA Government response to the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission |

SA Government has released its full response to the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission and the Productivity Commission’s five-year assessment. Of the 82 recommendations made in the report, 66 recommendations are supported in full or partially. The full response to both the Royal Commission and Productivity Commission reports outlines actions that will be taken by South Australia and reflects a range of agreements reached by Basin Governments since the release of the reports. Actions are grouped in the following areas:

  • Compliance and Leadership
  • Sustainability of the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Recovery and Efficiency
  • Climate Change
  • Aboriginal Engagement
  • Transparency

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