Today, the Government released a high level response to the Land and Water Forum's April report A Fresh Start for Freshwater, and announced that it will engage the Forum to do further work on the issue of setting water limits and improving systems for allocation.

The Government has agreed to provide an additional $1.1 million to advance the next stage of work.  The Forum is to report back to the Government by May 2012 (on methods, tools and governance arrangements for setting limits for water quality and quantity), and by November 2012 (on methods and tools for allocation).

The full response can be found online here.