Farmers look at lakes plan

LOWER Darling farmers want more time to comment on a proposed overhaul of the Menindee Lakes as they await the release of the project’s official business case.

Rachel Strachan of Tulney Point Station and Alan Whyte of Jamesville walk the drying bed of the Darling River last year.

Rachel Strachan of Tulney Point Station and Alan Whyte of Jamesville walk the drying bed of the Darling River last year.

Horticulturists Rachel Strachan and Alan Whyte were in Sydney thisweek for meetings with NSW Water Minister Niall Blair and officers from the Department of Primary Industries.

The farmers have obtained a copy of a business case for the Menindee project, which suggests the lower Darling River will be dry more often once changes to the lakes’ structure and management rules are implemented.

Mr Whyte said there was “progress” at Wednesday’s meeting with Mr Blair.

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