Finley regulator officially opened by minister
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud officially opened an almost $2 million regulator last week — an infrastructure upgrade to the Mulwala Canal, completed through winter.
While acknowledging irrigators were ‘‘doing it tough,’’ a statement from Mr Littleproud described the Finley Town Regulator as among the main irrigation assets along the Mulwala Canal, with the new infrastructure set to give irrigators ‘‘greater control of water timing and flow’’ to be able to ‘‘get water when they need it.’’
‘‘Upgrades like this one will mean irrigators can make the best use of their water,’’ Mr Littleproud said.
‘‘I know that irrigators in the NSW Murray have been doing it tough with NSW yet to make an allocation to general security this year.
‘‘But when it does rain, and it will, being able to get it when you need it makes all the difference.’’
He said the Mulwala Canal was vital to farmers and their communities and that investments made to water infrastructure would reduce ‘‘seepage and other water losses.’’
‘‘Infrastructure upgrades have let Murray Irrigation draw on water conveyance allocations to get water to farmers even when a zero per cent allocation for general security is in place.’’
Mr Littleproud said the new regulator would cut maintenance costs and help ‘‘future-proof water delivery in the region.’’
Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud with Murray Irrigation Chairman Phil Snowden (left) and CEO Michael Renehan (right).