Murray Darling Basin improved regulation for water

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Senator the Hon. Penny Wong

Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water

Improved regulation for water infrastructure charges in Murray Darling Basin

Media release

21 May 2010

PW 122/10

http://www.climatechange.gov.au/minister/wong/2010/media-releases/May/mr20100521.aspx

The Water Amendment Regulations 2010 have been approved by the Federal Executive Council, the Minister for Water, Senator Penny Wong, announced today.

This follows a long consultation process with stakeholders, including irrigators.

The regulations will ensure a more consistent approach to the regulation of water infrastructure charges across the Murray Darling Basin.

Senator Wong said that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has provided advice on water infrastructure charge rules that will help promote efficient water pricing and sustainable use of water resources and infrastructure across the Murray Darling Basin.

“Water charge rules play an important role in putting water use in the Murray Darling Basin back onto a sustainable footing, ” Senator Wong said.

“The regulations will enhance the coverage of the water infrastructure charge rules when they are made, ensuring regulatory protection for water users over a broader range of water charges.”

In addition, the regulations will simplify regulatory arrangements for water service providers.

The regulations along with an explanatory statement can be found on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments at www.frli.gov.au

More detailed information on the regulations can be found at www.environment.gov.au/water

Further information on the water infrastructure charge rules can be obtained from the ACCC website at www.accc.gov.au

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