Conservation Councils of Australia Joint Submission

The Conservation Councils of Australia, representing 450 groups across all the states and territories, have signed onto a joint submission on the proposed Basin Plan in recognition that the Murray-Darling Basin is an issue of national significance. As a group the Councils had 10 key recommendations to improve the proposed Plan and called on the Government and the MDBA not to risk long-term health of the Murray-Darling Basin for short-term economic and political gain.

Download the submission here.

  • Conservation Council of SA
  • Conservation Council ACT (ConsACT),
  • Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA),
  • Environment Centre Northern Territory (Environment Centre NT),
  • Environment Tasmania (ET),
  • Environment Victoria (EV),
  • Nature Conservation Council NSW (NCC),
  • Queensland Conservation Council (QCC).



Vale - Warren Bonython

Warren Bonython was the founding President of the Conservation Council of SA (1971-1975). He was part of a leading group of environmentalists in the State who, in 1971, met at the University of Adelaide to discuss and vote for the formation of the Conservation Council of SA.

The 70s were a time of growing environmental awareness, and Warren and the Conservation Council SA team at the time were strong lobbyists for the environment, engaging in extensive advocacy in the area of arid lands management, protected areas, tourism, plant varietal rights, species decline, native vegetation issues, town planning, anti-nuclear energy policy, marine conservation and water catchment management.

Warren's role as a conservationist and a leader has been of major significance to the State and the country and was recognised by his Order of Australia for services to conservation in 1980.


Billboards urge SA politicians to stand up for the Murray

Environment groups today launch a campaign calling on South Australia's federal MPs to represent the interests of their constituents by speaking up for the health of the Murray.

For the next month big billboards with the message ‘No future on a dead river: SA needs a healthy Murray' will be on display at prominent locations within the electorates of federal MPs Kate Ellis and Christopher Pyne. A letterboxing campaign will follow.



The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists has completely rejected the draft Basin Plan because it lacks the basic information required to manage the Murray-Darling, and in some places is actively misleading.

"The scientists cite changing baselines, data omissions and unexplained increases to groundwater allocations as some examples of how the draft Basin Plan is inadequate or misleading. Their take home message is that the current draft Plan will use $9 billion of Australian taxpayers funds and fail to deliver the Authority's own environmental targets for the river", said Tim Kelly, CE of the Conservation Council SA.


Commitments to tackling climate change being abandoned

The State Government as part of its Mid Year Budget Review has just erased the State's Renewable Energy Fund to save $11.7 million and plans a further reduction in support of $1.5 million for its Sustainability and Climate Change Division.

The winding back of State Government climate change commitments appears to be based on misguided thinking that because a national carbon pricing scheme will commence next year that "the need to support individual projects will be diminished". This is entirely the wrong approach which undermines South Australia's role in transitioning to a low carbon economy.


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