Lake Eyre Basin's good fortunes continue
11 April 2018
Ministers on the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum have released a positive assessment of the latest Lake Eyre Basin in the 2016 State of the Basin Condition Assessment.
Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the report was the latest to look at water quality, fish and water bird populations and the hydrology of the Basin.
“Since the last assessment in 2008, the Basin’s rivers have been maintained in a relatively good condition which shows all that work to use water sustainably is making a difference,” Mr Littleproud said.
“This a great outcome because the Lake Eyre Basin is important to support ecological, socio-economic and cultural values of very high national and international significance” Minister Speirs said.
“The assessment allows everyone to consider how the Basin’s environment may or may not be changing, based on scientifically-credible information.”
Minister Lynham added “the assessment found that most of the current threats to the Basin’s water resources and river ecosystems are directly associated with human activities, such as tourism and developments. Future threats include the management of invasive species and the effects of climate change. Mining and petroleum activities, altered river flow patterns and uncontrolled flow of groundwater from artesian bores were of significant concern to the Lake Eyre Basin community”.
“The assessment found the current threats to be of manageable risk and the report provides a benchmark against which we can assess the effectiveness of managing these threats in future assessments” Minister Moss said.
The outcomes of this assessment are also integral to informing the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement review that is currently underway. The assessment was prepared in consultation with Australian, State and Territory governments, research institutions, the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee and the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel.
The Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum is made up of the Hon David Littleproud MP, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP, Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon David Speirs MP, SA Minister for Environment and Water and the Hon Lauren Moss MLA, NT Minister for Environment and Natural Resources.