Michelle Lensink

Adelaide Desalination Plant Study

 I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Water and the River Murray a question on the subject of the Adelaide Desalination Plant study.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: On 22 March, the minister announced that an independent cost‑benefit study to determine if water from the Adelaide Desalination Plant should be used to boost irrigation allocations during a time of low water availability would be undertaken, stating that the findings would be available in May 2016. This comes at a time when Riverland irrigators are facing a minimum opening water allocation of 36 per cent for the 2016-17 year. Can the minister advise where the report is and when we can actually expect to see it? That is basically it: where is it?

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change) ( 14:23 ): I thank the honourable member for her most important question. The report will be handed up soon.

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