AN INQUIRY into rural water use has recommended the NSW Government increase the amount of water kept as a drought reserve at the Menindee Lakes.
But a parliamentary committee’s recommendation is at odds with the government’s actual plan to store less water at the lakes so the state’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan obligations can be met.
The recommendation was one of 51 published by the committee this week, which included a call for the government to renegotiate the terms of the basin plan with the Federal Government and other states, to seek a better deal.
“It was really good that the committee recognised the importance of the Menindee Lakes and that it needs to be preserved,” Pooncarie district landholder Rachel Strachan said.
Ms Strachan, who grows citrus fruit and wine grapes at Tulney Point Station, said even with Broken Hill supplied with Murray River water from a pipeline, farmers, towns and stock remained reliant on the Menindee Lakes as their sole water source.
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