AUSTRALIAN Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has been urged to visit communities in the Murray-Darling Basin.
This is so she can hear first-hand how a draft management plan will affect them.
Senator Hanson-Young was absent from meetings in Hay and Mildura this week when a Senate committee took evidence from locals.
Nationals senator Fiona Nash said irrigators and residents raised concerns about the impact that proposed water cuts would have on their future and their communities.
A draft plan developed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority proposes 2750 gigalitres of basin water be used for environmental flows.
The Greens want at least 4000 gigalitres.
The consequences of that would be devastating to basin communities, Senator Nash said.
"It is extraordinary that Senator Hanson-Young, as the Greens spokesperson for the Murray-Darling Basin, did not attend these hearings," she said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Given she didn't, I invite her on a separate tour to hear their concerns first-hand."
The Senate committee is due to report by June 29.
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