Member for Baker Tony Pasin has welcomed Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt appointment of eight members to the Advisory Group on water markets in the Murray–Darling Basin.

The group consists of technical experts, water market users and stakeholder representatives.

Minister Pitt said the Advisory Group will play a key role in assisting the former Agriculture and Water Resources Department Secretary Daryl Quinlivan in his new capacity as the principal adviser.

“Mr Quinlivan’s agricultural and water background along with the expertise and real-world experiences of the Advisory Group will provide the important foundations needed to work with Basin states and develop a reform roadmap for improving the structure, governance and operation of water markets in the Basin,” Mr Pitt said.

“We have been listening to communities in the Murray–Darling Basin who want practical solutions. This is an important step in delivering water markets that operate more effectively and efficiently and don’t burden users with unnecessary costs.

“We owe it to all our Basin communities and water users to get this right.”

“I’m confident that the representatives from throughout the Basin will enable us to deliver pragmatic and sensible reform that benefits everyone, not just a select few.”

“The roadmap will inform the Australian Government response to the Australian Competition Consumer Commission’s final inquiry report on Murray–Darling Basin water markets released in March 2021.”

Tony Pasin MP said this is an important step for South Australians who call the Basin home.

“We have been on the ground listening, and we hear you loud and clear, the call for practical solutions is coming from communities right across the Murray–Darling Basin in my electorate of Barker.”

“Basin communities wanted assurance that they have reliable, fit-for-purpose water markets that give everyone a fair go and that the community can have confidence in.”

“This advisory group will help to deliver a roadmap for water markets that operate more effectively and efficiently and don’t burden users with unnecessary costs. I congratulate the members appointed,” Mr Pasin said.

The members of the Advisory Group on water market reforms are:

  • Mrs Jenny McLeod – Manager Policy and Communication, Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Limited (CICL)
  • Mr Richard Anderson – Farmer, former Victorian Farmers Federation Water Council Chair
  • Mr Stuart Armitage – Farmer, former Queensland Farmers Federation President
  • Ms Rosalie Auricht – General Manager, Renmark Irrigation Trust
  • Mr Phil Grahame – General Manager, Ruralco Water
  • Dr Andrew Stoeckel – Chief Economist at Centre for Regional Economic Development in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Mr Dave Appels – Economist at Frontier Economics
  • Dr Peter Hendy – Chief Executive Officer at Peter Hendy Consulting

For more information about water market reform visit the department’s website.

For more information on the members of the Advisory Group, visit here.