Toorale Station action needed, says Murray MP Helen Dalton

Member for Murray Helen Dalton from the Shooters Fishers and Farmers party.
Picture: Ben Gross

Member for Murray Helen Dalton from the Shooters Fishers and Farmers party. Picture: Ben Gross

MURRAY MP Helen Dalton says the NSW Government has to take action to decommission irrigation infrastructure at Toorale Station to ensure any future flows are not restricted from reaching desperate communities downstream.

Ms Dalton on Wednesday said the government was dragging the chain on Toorale Station, which had been the focus of attention after last month it was revealed a flow was stopped from reaching the Darling and which could have reached Menindee.

Station is next stop for Sussan Ley

Toorale Station, south-west of Bourke, was purchased by the NSW and federal governments in 2008 and turned into a national park.

“It doesn’t rain every day but when the rains do come they need to be prepared and they’ve had 11 years to work through this,” Ms Dalton said.

She said state Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean had indicated he would visit Toorale to inspect the irrigation infrastructure in the next month.

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley this week told Sunraysia Daily she would also be travelling to Toorale next week with the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.

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