The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is preparing the Guide to the Proposed Basin Plan to present proposals to the community for discussion. These proposals are about the key decisions the Authority is required to make under the Water Act 2007, in particular the new limits on water that can be taken from the Basin, known as long-term average sustainable diversion limits (SDLs), which will apply to both surface water and groundwater. the proposed Basin Plan (a legislative instrument) will be released later this year or early next year.
This documents sets out proposals on the main issues in the plan. The Authority is endorsing the issuing of the overview, noting that it represents a set of proposals based on the information provided to the Authority by its staff, state and federal governments, stakeholders, consultants, and others.