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Published: 14 July 2011   •   Media release

The report Community impacts of the Guide to the proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan is now available.

This report is an in-depth retrospective about how the proposals in last year's Guide would have affected communities in the Basin. It analyses the socio-economic vulnerability of communities based on the Guide's proposals.

It also identifies a set of policy options that can be developed and implemented so that environmental results can be gained at a lower socio-economic cost to Basin communities.

This socio-economic study was commissioned by the Authority in response to feedback from communities. From January to April 2011, nearly 700 key community members were interviewed in 119 towns. These community members represented a range of employment groups across 48 'social catchments' and 80 local government areas.

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