This report recommends that the Commonwealth Government release a water recovery strategy well in advance of the introduction of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to the Parliament.
On 29 May 2012 the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities asked the Committee to inquiry into and report on:
1. progress to date in water recover towards bridging the gap by 2019 through both irrigation infrastructure investments and water purchase;
2. the potential role that new environmental works and measures projects could play in partially offsetting SDL reductions under the Basin Plan, focussing particularly on prospective project proposals identified by state governments and community interests; and
3. the groundwater sustainable diversion limits (SDLs) for Basin in the revised proposed basin Plan.
On Friday 6 July 2012, the House Standing Committee on Regional Australia tabled this report.