Water Management Partnership Agreement

Following a partnership with the former Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board of South Australia, there is a new agreement with the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board. The council has managed a number of important wetlands along Murray in South Australia over the past decade, many of which have received environmental water from the Commonwealth. The renewed partnership agreement strengthens the working relationship between the two organizations and will enable the ongoing planning, delivery and monitoring of results at sites where water is needed to conserve and improve water-dependent native plants and animals, including endangered species, with the participation of a number of community groups. The general terms and conditions of sale contain useful provisions concerning “Boilerplate” (clause 1.3), conflict of interest (Cl 3.3), clear limitations of liability (excluding consequential damages) (Cl 9.2), force majeure (Cl 9.6), risks of war (Cl. 9.7), termination indemnity (Cl 9.2), an award and arbitration clause (Cl 1.6), a clear clause on intellectual property and confidentiality (Cl 6), a full contractual clause (Cl 1.3.6), a suspensive clause (cl. 11.1), Priority to documents (Cl. 1.2), Transfer upon termination (Cl.2.2.4) Partnership Agreement 2020-25 – Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board (PDF – 23.96 MB)Partnership Agreement 2020-25 – Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board (DOCX – 6.11 MB) Performance-based Manag The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and the Australian Landscape Trust signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September 2020 to improve the health of the internationally significant Calperum Floodplain near Il de Renmark en Aus Tralie-Méridionale. The partnership follows several years of Commonwealth environmental deliveries to floodplaid wetlands as well as a case study of the black box management framework at the site. Station managers used their experience from the trial and previous irrigation measures to develop an evidence-based plan to reach the most important factors affecting the health of the Calperum Floodplaon. The five-year plan includes the Commonwealth`s environmental water supply, as well as a series of complementary natural resource management infrastructure and measures to address threats to the health of flood-affected areas in an integrated manner. The treaty was implemented in circumstances where it was recognized that the involvement of the private sector would be the only way to quickly improve a system that is malfunctioning, but where a divestiture or something close to it would not have been politically acceptable. The treaty strikes a balance between creating real performance incentives and recognizing that it would be difficult for private water operators to win due to water tariffs and instability in the region.

The scope of this contract is quite extensive and the services provided by the contractor make it a performance-based operating contract rather than a management contract. . . .