Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has called on the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce to visit North East Victoria to answer questions about the recent releases of water from Lake Hume weir by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).
In a speech to parliament on Monday 10 October Ms McGowan said there was a serious problem with communication from the MDBA about the rate of outflows from the weir.
“Who is responsible? The minister for water is responsible. So I … call on the Minister for Water to come to North East Victoria, face the people of my electorate and explain what is going on,” she said.
Ms McGowan told the parliament, as reported in the Border Mail on 8 September 2016:
“The MDBA has on its website a live river data section, but it is retrospective and has been criticised by the Murray River Community Action Group's president Richard Sargood, who represents the low-lying property owners.
“The MDBA Twitter account has not tweeted about release levels from Lake Hume. This is a month ago. We knew we had a problem; the MDBA knew they had a problem and over the last month they have seriously failed to address the communication issues of people in North East Victoria and Southern New South Wales.”