Plan paints dry picture

LOWER Darling farmers say a business case for the controversial Menindee Lakes overhaul suggests they will be without water more often.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority and NSW DPI officials recently told farmers at public meetings in Mildura and Pooncarie that no business case was completed for the water savings project, proposed by NSW to meet the state’s basin plan obligations.

But Tulney Point station landholder Rachel Strachan and Jamesville horticulturist Alan Whyte said they had seen a business case suggesting the lakes’ drought reserve would drop from the existing 480GL to 80GL.

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