New research released by the Murray Darling Basin Authority has shed some light on the impacts of the Basin Plan on communities, when it comes to employment.
The Authority says research into the employment impacts of the Basin Plan on 40 communities across NSW, Victoria and South Australia, provides a solid evidence base to guide future implementation of the Plan.
Data has revealed that between 2000 and 2016, the total number of people employed in these communities overall declined by 13%.
The MDBA says that around a quarter of that was due to factors other than the Basin Plan.
The impacts were more detrimental in communities where water was recovered through direct purchase.
However, where water was recovered though infrastructure efficiency measures, it was found it can have a positive, or neutral impact.
Chief Executive Phillip Glyde says it's important that this information is taken on board so that we can achieve the Plan's aims of sustaining the environment, communities and industries for the future - in a way that delivers the most benefit for the least cost.
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