Water cop shop for Goondiwindi

16 December 2019

The Murray-Darling Basin Inspector-General will set up its Northern Basin office in Goondiwindi.

Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud said the Inspector-General of Murray-Darling Basin Water Resources would also have an office in the Southern Basin.

“The people policing the river should live on the river,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The Inspector-General’s staff will get a real understanding of why we need to uphold the rules.

“They’ll share the same schools, clubs and social circles as people who depend on the river to make a living.

“This makes the Inspector-General accessible to communities and will boost confidence in the Plan.

“With another office in Mildura the Inspector-General can engage directly with Basin communities about Basin Plan implementation and compliance.

“Goondiwindi is on the Macintyre River in Queensland with easy access to Northern NSW.

“This is a major junction in the Northern Basin where the Inspector-General will be able to engage widely.

“All Australians need to have confidence the Basin Plan is working as it should and everyone is following the rules.”

Fast Facts:

  • The Inspector-General of Murray-Darling Basin Water Resources gives independent assurance over Basin Plan implementation.
  • The Office will work with Basin states to establish processes for the receipt and assessment of allegations of non-compliance.
  • The Inspector-General will refer allegations of non-compliance to appropriate authorities.
  • Basin state and territory governments have primary responsibility for enforcing compliance.