The Brewarrina, Bourke, Walgett and Central Darling Shire Councils want the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to release water held in storage at Copeton, near Inverell.
The body recently sold 6.7 gigalitres of water originally purchased for environmental purposes, as part of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, to Gywdir-district irrigators.
Slap in the face
It said the $2.878 million return from the sale would be used to improve the Basin’s environment.
The Brewarrina shire’s mayor Phillip O’Connor said the sale ridiculed the $13 billion plan when the Barwon-Darling was running low.