We must question basin plan: Burge

Correction: The documentary, Muddied Waters, will air at 9.30am tomorrow, not 9.30pm as originally published.

A DOCUMENTARY which raises questions about the Murray Darling Basin plan and features Deniliquin farmer Louise Burge will air tomorrow night.

While the plan now has the go-ahead from the government with opposition backing, Ms Burge is questioning whether they have got it right.

The former independent candidate to the seat of Farrer foresees serious consequences for farmers and communities if 40,000 megalitres of environmental flows are released from the Hume Dam.

Ms Burge believes the management of the river needs to be tweaked rather than overhauled and thinks policy-makers should consider drought as an overlooked factor in the drying of the lower lakes in South Australia.

“I think a lot of people seriously underestimated the severity of the drought,” she said.

“The basin has gone through enormous reforms and we haven’t even tested those reforms because of the drought.”

In the documentary, Muddied Waters, to air on Prime 7TWO at 9.30am tomorrow, Ms Burge will voice concerns of Border residents.

Ms Burge said the concerns were not just those of landholders but those who would feel the affect on tourism as river access was disrupted and river beaches were sent underwater.

Ms Burge said questions still needed to be asked of the Murray Darling Basin plan.

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