Lock plan ‘a joke’

Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville says the concept of a Murray River lock above the Lower Lakes needs consideration. 
Picture: Louise Donges

Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville says the concept of a Murray River lock above the Lower Lakes needs consideration. Picture: Louise Donges

SOUTH Australian Water Minister Ian Hunter says building a new lock just upstream of the Murray mouth is “a ­silly joke that shouldn’t even be contem­plated”.

Victorian Opposition water spokesman Peter Walsh has suggested the construction of a lock at Wellington, ­upstream of South Australia’s Lower Lakes, and the removal of five barr­ages that maintain a freshwater environment in the lakes.

Mr Hunter said the idea had not been ­discussed during Friday’s Ministerial ­Council in Mildura. 

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