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Calls for environmental water release from storage to boost Barwon-Darling flows

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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-29/flows-in-murray-darling-basin-river-system-sparks-concerns/9370640

Upholding water laws, because the government will not!

Media Release

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. [1]

“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