Controversial Menindee Lakes proposal labelled a waste of time as stakeholder group puts talks on hold

ABC Broken Hill

By Declan Gooch and Christopher Testa

Landholders frustrated over a controversial plan to store less water in the Menindee Lakes have suspended talks with the NSW Government.

Key points:

  • The NSW Government wants to reduce evaporation at the Menindee Lakes
  • It is proposing several changes that would result in the Menindee Lakes holding less water
  • Stakeholders say the Government first needs to ensure water can make it there from upstream

The Menindee Lakes Water Saving Project proposes changes to rules and infrastructure at the lakes to reduce the level of evaporation.

The changes would have the effect of reducing the usual capacity of the lakes, which opponents say would result in longer periods of no flow in the Darling River below them.

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