Murray-Darling Basin ­R­oyal Commission: Menindee Lakes impact ‘unknown’

CONSTRUCTION of a suburban garage would be subject to more public scrutiny than the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s implement­ation, an inquiry has been told.

The Murray-Darling Basin ­R­oyal Commission has zeroed in on a controversial overhaul of the Menindee Lakes as a key area of ­focus, with commissioner Bret Walker SC questioning whether the full extent of its potential impact on the ­environment was known.

According to a preliminary business case, the Menindee project would allow the lakes’ drought reserve to reduce from 480GL to 80GL and the end of all fruit growing along the lower Darling River.

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