Irrigators want the new Federal Government to remove a critically endangered listing on the Murray River and the Macquarie Marshes under the guise of removing red tape.

The declaration of the river system was made just before the election by the then Labor water and environment minister Mark Butler.

Chief executive of the National Irrigators Council, Tom Chesson, says the listing should be removed before another layer of bureaucracy develops.

"The Coalition has made it very clear that they will be repealing one billion dollars worth of red tape annually.

"That is one of their core, key commitments to business.

"Here is the challenge. Here is some duplication, green tape, which all that it's doing is going to add another layer of bureaucratese across the Basin.

"Get rid of it."

Jonathon La Nauze, from the Australian Conservation Foundation, wants the listing to remain.

He says the critically endangered listing of the Murray and Macquarie Marshes could help farmers.

"For most farmers this won't have any impact on how they run their farm on a day to day basis."

"It is actually an important safeguard for their business against the potential impact of mining and other really big developments."

 

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