Murray Darling Association leader, Albury councillor, David Thurley wants independent investigation into basin water use

AN independent public inquiry into water control in the Murray-Darling basin is needed, Albury councillor David Thurley says.

The former deputy mayor has made the call in his role as the national president of the Murray Darling Association, a body representing basin councils.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sought a review by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority of compliance measures following alleged water theft airing on ABC television’s Four Corners.

But Cr Thurley believes a detached probe is needed. 

“It will be essential that any inquiry is able to independently distinguish and report on these responsibilities,” he said.

“For this reason, we feel that to call on the MDBA to conduct the enquiry would be unfair to the authority.”

Cr Thurley said witnesses needed to be compelled to testify to the probe.