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Murray-Darling Basin Authority
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) manages the basin's water resources in the national interest. The authority means that, for the first time, a single agency is now responsible for planning integrated management of the water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin. The waters are shared according to the provisions of the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement.
The authority is an expert, independent body accountable to the Commonwealth Minister, comprised of a chairperson and four members. The authority has the autonomy to prepare, implement and enforce the first ever Basin-wide water resource management plan.
More information about the authority and its work is available from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority website.
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River Murray Act
The River Murray Act 2003
(the Act) is dedicated to protecting and improving the health of the River Murray system, while recognising the social and economic importance of the river to all South Australians.
The Act aims to protect the River Murray system through ensuring that development and other activities with an effect on the river are ecologically sustainable, and undertaken in a way that does not harm the river. The Act also aims to restore and enhance the health of the River Murray by promoting a healthy working River Murray system, sustaining communities and preserving the unique values of the system.
The Act also integrates protection of the river into other legislation that affects the River Murray system. This helps to ensure that the River Murray receives priority consideration in decision-making in South Australia.
More information about the River Murray Act is provided on the Water for Good website.
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