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To the Hon. Keith Pitt, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, and members of the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council.
We the undersigned call on you to give our native fish, waterbirds, wetlands and river communities a fair go.
The Murray Darling Basin Plan came into effect in July 2019 but the full water recovery target has not been met.
The shortfall of 47.5 billion litres is well within the 1500 billion litre Cap on buybacks and must be recovered as a matter of urgency.
The quickest, cheapest and most efficient way of recovering this water is by immediately reinstating voluntary water licence buybacks through an open and transparent tender system.
A large percentage of the shortfall is in the Northern Basin where recovered water will benefit the Darling River and communities all the way to the River Murray.
We must Revive our Rivers. We call on you to bring back water buybacks now.
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