4653.0 - Environment and Energy News, Dec 2008  
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WATER AND THE MURRAY-DARLING BASIN: A STATISTICAL PROFILE 2000–01 TO 2005–06


Agriculture was the major user of water in the Murray-Darling Basin (83%), according to Water and the Murray-Darling Basin – A Statistical Profile, released in August 2008.

Water use in the Murray-Darling Basin represented around 65% of Australia's total agricultural water use.

The publication draws together economic, demographic and environmental data from ABS and other sources to paint a picture about this important region which covers 14% of Australia's land area, contains Australia's three longest rivers (the Darling, the Murray and the Murrumbidgee), and is home to 10% of Australia's population.

For further information, contact Bernard Morrison on (02) 6252 5321 or email bernard.morrison@abs.gov.au