Reserve for drought bid: Grower labels prospect ‘progress’

Alan Whyte

Alan Whyte

RECOGNITION of the need to keep a drought reserve at the Menindee Lakes would be “progress”, a lower Darling farmer says.

South West Water Users spokesman and Jamesville horticulturist Alan Whyte has urged the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) not to release large volumes of water from the lakes in August, warning it would lead to a repeat of the lower Darling drying as soon as late 2018.

An MDBA spokeswoman this week said the authority had not made any decisions on when water would be directed to be released from Menindee Lakes in 2017/18. 

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