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Second round of water for the future information sessions

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As reported by AWA, a second series of community information sessions on the Australian Government’s $12.9 billion Water for the Future program will be held throughout the Murray Darling Basin, Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator Penny Wong, announced today.

Fourteen information sessions will be conducted by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts across the Basin from the beginning of April through to July.

“After 100 years of mismanagement and neglect, compounded by the effects of climate change, the Rudd Government is getting on with the job of preparing Basin communities for a future with less water,” Senator Wong said.

“We are committed to ensuring a strong and vibrant future for irrigation communities throughout the Basin.

“That’s why we are investing in irrigation infrastructure that will help our farmers and Basin communities do more with less, while also purchasing water to restore the rivers to health.”

The second series of information sessions follows on from the 11 successful sessions held last year throughout the Basin.

The community information sessions will be led by senior departmental staff and will provide in-depth information on the Australian Government’s water policies and programs.

Representatives from the Murray Darling Basin Authority and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will also be in attendance.

The sessions will be open to members of the public who are asked to register. For more information about the community information sessions or to register attendance visit: www.environment.gov.au/water or call 1800 218 478.

The details for the first three sessions are:

Murray Bridge – Murray Bridge Community Club, Sturt Reserve, 7 April 2010, 2pm–5:30pm

Berri – Berri Resort Hotel, Riverview Drive, 8 April 2010, 2pm–5:30pm

Wentworth – Wentworth Services Sporting Club, Darling St, 9 April 2010, 2pm–5:30pm