Lower Darling is in dire straits

AUTHORITIES say the lower Darling will stop flowing in nine months although farmers and WaterNSW remain divided on whether flows from recent Queensland rains are likely to reach Menindee.

WaterNSW said the difficult conditions for the lower Darling were caused by the near-absence of flow in major northern tributaries.

“Communities and landholders in the Gwydir and Namoi valleys are experiencing severe drought conditions with rivers in these areas ceasing to flow,” a spokesman for WaterNSW said.

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