Communities in the electorate of Barker severely impacted by water buybacks will now be able to invest in local economic development programs thanks to a Liberal commitment worth $15 million for a second round of the Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Program.

“I know water recovery, coupled with drought and low inflows into systems has impacted many communities,” Member for Barker, Tony Pasin said.

“We know that nothing can replace a megalitre of water but working with communities we can support activities that make a real difference.

“Communities to benefit from the second round would include Mannum, Morgan, Blanchetown and Waikerie,” Mr Pasin said.

“This funding will be targeted to projects that help to diversify the economies in these regional communities and build social resilience.

“The Labor Party have shown their hand and committed to use water buybacks as the blunt tool of the Basin Plan.

“This ignores the legacy of buybacks and the severe impact this approach has on communities, businesses and farmers in Barker.

The second round of the Murray Darling Basin Economic Program has been extended to additional communities impacted by the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Not-for-profit organisations, including local governments, cooperatives, incorporated associations and Indigenous Corporations would be eligible to apply.

This funding builds on the $25 million that was provided to 15 communities under the first round of the Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Program. 

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