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Australia : Letting the light in on river operation costs.

Irrigators will soon be able to see what it costs to run the River Murray system with reviews of the Murray-Darling Basin Authoritys costs every three years.

Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud said the first review would be completed by December and published on the MDBA website for all to see.

Irrigators contribute to the cost of running the river and its important they know what theyre being charged for, Minister Littleproud said.

This way they will know what theyre paying for and how the costs are shared.

This brings further accountability and transparency to the Basin for all water users.

This is important during a drought when low water availability creates stress among communities.

The operating costs are shared between the Commonwealth and Southern Basin states who fund it through fees and charges on users.

The MDBA manages the system including dam maintenance, monitoring water quality, managing salinity and gathering river information.

This improves transparency so river communities can see theyre getting value for money.

Farmers, towns and the river environment are all beneficiaries of a well-run system.

Triennial cost reviews will show states and communities exactly what it takes to run the system.

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Date:Sep 4, 2019
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