The NSW and Federal governments must accept responsibility for their role in the catastrophic fish kills on the Darling River in western NSW this month.
NSW Nature Conservation Council and the Inland Rivers Network welcome NSW Labor’s plan for a special commission of inquiry into management of the Darling River system, especially if it results in new measures to ensure environmental water flows are protected.
There is no Plan B: NSW must stay the course and save the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
Premier Gladys Berejiklian should take the water portfolio from the Nationals and recommit to implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan on time and in full.
“The NSW Nationals have proven time and again they are unable to manage water for NSW,” Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.
“By their reckless actions and mismanagement, as revealed by ABC’s Four Corners, the Nationals are jeopardising the ecological health of our river systems, the livelihoods of river communities, and decades of complex planning and negotiation.
The Federal Government must step in to implement the Murray Darling Basin on time and in full if NSW follows through on its threat to withdraw from the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council. 
14 November 2017
Community group takes legal action to enforce water laws because the Coalition government has not
The Inland Rivers Network is taking legal action to force Peter Harris, a big irrigator in the state’s northwest and a Nationals Party donor, to return more than five billion litres of water he took, allegedly illegally, from the Barwon-Darling River. 
“It should not fall to community groups to enforce our water laws, but the Berejiklian’s government’s inaction has left the Inland Rivers Network no option,” said Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski.
Full Details at the EDO NSW website: IRN v Harris and Another
9th AUGUST 2017 – Farmers and conservationists rallied outside NSW Parliament today demanding a full judicial review into the mismanagement of water in the Murray-Darling system and the removal of the water portfolios from the National Party in NSW and nationally.
2nd AUGUST 2017 – .. revelations in today’s Daily Telegraph come after Four Corners last month found big irrigators at the top of the Barwon-Darling river system had syphoned off billions of litres of water illegally.