Victoria, the final state to sign a water bill that allows the Commonwealth to manage the river basin waterways, finally consented. According to the Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC), the bill gives the Commonwealth the right to establish a Murray-Darling Basin Authority to control funding that should aid the drought-stricken region.
Victorian Water Minister Tim Holding told ABC, “States and the Commonwealth will now be able to work in a constructive way on returning water to the Murray-Darling Basin.” Authorities in the state of Victoria hesitated to pass the bill, concerned about the status of the Sugarloaf pipeline channeling water from north to south. “The pipeline itself has received all of the necessary Commonwealth approvals. Minister Garrett has provided those approvals where they were required,” reassured Holding.
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