The ecological catastrophe at Menindee Lakes requires a swift response and decisive action. Only Labor has shown leadership on this issue.
This is our plan:
- Conduct a special commission of inquiry into all aspects of the mismanagement of the Barwon Darling river system, including the 2012 Water Sharing Plans that decimated the river and the $500 million Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline;
- Restore low and medium flows to the Darling River and reinstate the Cease to Pump rule so that during periods of drought or low rainfall the river flows are protected;
- Ensure there are inspectors conducting compliance checks on water users so that there is confidence in the integrity of river management and that we never see investigators sacked for doing their job;
- Stop the State Government’s decommissioning project at Menindee that will destroy the Menindee Lakes and place the river under greater stress;
- Increase the number of outreach officers from Fisheries NSW to work with communities in addressing the health of the river systems and increase the fish population; and
- Put in place a community consultative committee so that members of the local community have the opportunity to know about and advise on aspects of the management of the Menindee Lakes and river systems.