Feedback on the Proposed (Murray-Darling) Basin Plan Consultation Draft

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Proposed (Murray Darling) Basin Plan.

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) represents over 85% of minerals production in Australia. The MCA’s strategic objective is to advocate public policy and operational practice for a world class industry that is safe, profitable, innovative, environmentally responsible and attuned to community needs and expectations.

MCA members having a long-standing commitment to sustainable development and the effective management of Australia’s water resources. Although the minerals industry is a comparatively small user of water, utilising around 3.6% of consumptive use water1 nationally and 0.55%2 across the Murray-Darling Basin, the economic return provided from that use is extremely significant at the national, regional and local level.

The MCA supports the national water reform agenda and the principles within the 2004 Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative (NWI). Accordingly, the MCA and has worked with the National Water Commission on water reforms which impact the minerals industry, including participating in the development of the Commission's 'Integrating the Mining Sector into Water Planning and Entitlements Regimes' Project3. While there is much further work required on the interaction of Mining and the water reform process, the MCA provides the following comments on key areas of crossover with the Basin Plan.

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