'No more pipelines': Wentworth Shire tells government to leave more water in lakes

The Wentworth-Broken Hill pipeline under construction.

The Wentworth-Broken Hill pipeline under construction.

WENTWORTH Shire Council has emphatically rejected the construction of more pipelines and told the NSW Government to maintain at least 800 gigalitres of water in the Menindee Lakes.

In a submission to the NSW Department of Industry, which is considering six options to supply towns, homes and farms along the lower Darling with secure water, the council also called for minimum flow targets to be set along the length of the Darling River.

NSW Regional Water Minister Niall Blair yesterday indicated he would consider any alternatives proposed by the community but said farmers, community groups and councils were among those who had given the government the information it used to devise the six options under consideration.

Three of the options being assessed by consultancy firm Deloitte involve construction of new pipelines to supply towns, farms and homes along the lower Darling.

The other three options involve construction of small weirs in the river channel, more on-farm water storage or changes to a project that would scale down the Menindee Lakes’ water reserve.

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