Report says government needs to restart water buybacks and invest in regional development projects

The Murray-Darling basin plan will fail unless the federal government recommences water buybacks, invests in regional development projects to support struggling communities and cracks down on state governments undermining the effectiveness of environmental flows, a new report has said.

The report by the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, released on Monday, warned that the $7.1bn spent since 2007 on implementing the plan would be wasted unless minimum environmental flow levels were met to provide long-term protection of vulnerable ecosystems.

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