The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission was established to undertake an independent investigation into the current state of implementation of the Basin Plan, and whether the Basin Plan will achieve its objects and purposes and those of the Water Act 2007(Cth). It reported to the Governor of South Australia on 29 January 2019.
The Royal Commissioner was Mr Bret Walker SC, a barrister from Sydney practising in general appellate advocacy, equity, commercial, administrative and Constitutional Law.
The Commission collected evidence from community consultation and site visits across the Murray-Darling Basin, written submissions, oral evidence in public sessions and undertook its own research and investigations.
This evidence and the submissions received informed the range of issues addressed in the final report, which was released on 31 January 2018.
Read the South Australian Government Response to report.
Actions like implementing the Basin Plan and managing River Murray flows and water levels are also important for a healthy Coorong. Project Coorong is taking action to restore the health, vitality and visitor experience of this precious place through environmental projects to get the Coorong back on track and initiatives to boost eco-tourism, focusing on the Coorong National Park.
This includes a $70 million investment in measures identified in the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin action plan to support the long-term health of the Coorong, as jointly agreed by the Commonwealth and South Australian Governments at the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council meeting in December 2018.
Find out more about what we're doing to restore the Coorong's health.