Media release: Decision-time ahead for Wong's environmental water purchases
Wednesday 27 February 2008
"Today’s announcement that the Commonwealth will enter the water market to buy water entitlements from willing irrigators is a positive step forward for the environment", says Professor Gary Jones.
"Today’s announcement that the Commonwealth will enter the water market to buy water entitlements from willing irrigators is a positive step forward for the environment", says Professor Gary Jones, CEO of eWater Cooperative Research Centre. "However, calling for tenders from willing water sellers is just the beginning", he says. "Next come critical decisions by the Commonwealth on exactly which water to buy, and from where. The cheapest water is not necessarily the best for the environment. "And once they’ve got it, the really difficult part for the Commonwealth will be to ensure they get the best possible environmental outcomes from that water", he says. "This is not easy, and tough trade-off decisions will have to be made between different wetlands and river reaches, along the Murray or anywhere else. "My organisation, eWater CRC, is building decision tools for just these kinds of situations. They will be useful to the Commonwealth in its new role as an environmental water holder", says Professor Jones. [ends] For interview: Professor Gary Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, 02 6201 5167
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