The existing national framework must be strengthened. Water security is vital to the national interest.
Examples of what needs to be done:
- Storm water harvesting – which is more efficient than desalination – must be fast-tracked
- States which were early adopters of water-efficiencies must be acknowledged in any federal scheme. Irrigators should be able to access federal infrastructure grants for value-adding to agricultural produce more easily
- Wasteful practices throughout the Murray-Darling Basin must be addressed as a matter of urgency to ensure a fair distribution of water rights across the entire system