Brock delays vital Murray Darling Basin Funds

Media Release

JB110/2014

17 October 2014

The Australian Government has committed $25 million through the Murray Darling Basin Economic Diversification Programme in order to assist South Australian regional communities adjust to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Funding can only be delivered once each relevant State Government has signed a Project Agreement confirming their commitment to the programme.

The South Australian Government is the only jurisdiction which has failed to constructively negotiate a Project Agreement accepting their share of federal funding. In fact other states are already delivering their allocation on agreed projects.

We have now written to Minister Geoff Brock on three separate occasions seeking the South Australian Government's commitment to this important programme. We are yet to receive a response seven months since the first letter was sent.

What makes this even more remarkable is that there is no requirement for any matching state government funding; it is completely funded by the Australian Government.

Regional communities are missing out because of Mr Brock and State Labor.

Minister Brock is either being deliberately evasive or has been steam rolled by his Labor Cabinet colleagues who are more interested in picking a fight with the Australian Government instead of delivering vital funding for South Australia's regional communities.

Yet again, South Australians are suffering at the hands of an incompetent state government that's only answer to the economic crisis they have created is to raise taxes and blame anyone but themselves.

The Australian Government remains committed to this vital programme to ensure we create new local jobs and grow South Australia's regional economy.