The South Australian Government, through the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), undertook analysis of additional modelling scenarios provided by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) as part of the finalisation of the Basin Plan.
The objectives of the SA Government assessment were to:
The Goyder Institute for Water Research was asked by the Premier’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan Taskforce to conduct an independent peer review process of the South Australian Government analysis. The purpose of the Goyder Institute peer review process was to critique the hydro-ecological analysis undertaken by DEWNR and to suggest improvements, where deemed necessary, to achieve the best quality analysis within the available timeframes. More specifically the peer reviewers were asked to:
The major project highlight was the ability of the South Australian Science Team (in DEWNR) to rapidly extend the modelling done by the MDBA to show and communicate the ecological benefits to the South Australian River Murray floodplains and CLAAM region within very short timelines.
The outcomes of the Peer Review were directly relevant to policy makers within the SA government in supporting its position on environmental water to support ecological objectives.
The peer reviewed modelling to support the additional GLs of water released down the River Murray for ecological benefits placed the SA Government in a strong bargaining position with the Commonwealth.