Coorongs don’t make a right

Fraud risks and environmental water in the Murray Darling Basin
by Maryanne Slattery and Rod Campbell

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) does not have the powers to deliver on its responsibilities. Instead it relies on verbal and other non-legally binding agreements in managing its near $3 billion worth of environmental water. An audit by EY found this presented “unique fraud risks”. South Australia’s substitution of Coorong environmental water for other uses in its Lower Lakes is an example of these problems.

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