Deniliquin Pastoral Times

More Healthy Rivers money


The Edward-Wakool and Murray River districts have an opportunit­y to apply for further funding under the Healthy Rivers – Healthy Communitie­s grant program announced in this week’s budget.

Deniliquin based Senator for NSW Perin Davey said the $97 million announceme­nt will build on the Government’s commitment to put communitie­s back at the heart of MurrayDarl­ing Basin investment and reform.

“This region is home to a multitude of wetlands and ephemeral creeks and streams that play host to many species of frogs, waterbirds and fish,”

Senator Davey said.

“Due to developmen­t and river regulation, the natural flows of the region have changed significan­tly, but when we have a modern working river, the solution is not to turn back the clock.

“Our farmers and land managers have shown that managing water deliveries through existing infrastruc­ture can have substantia­l environmen­tal benefits and working with environmen­tal water holders much more can be done.”

Under the first two rounds of the Liberal and Nationals Government Healthy Rivers Program, almost $2.7 million has been awarded to projects in the Edward-Wakool region alone.

They include almost $2 million to Murray Irrigation, $300,000 to the Western Murray Land Improvemen­t Group for two projects, $50,000 for a project on the Bullatale Creek, and a further $170,000 for projects in Deniliquin and Moulamein.

Senator Davey said the funding announced in the budget will also extend the Indigenous River Rangers Program which is already creating jobs in the Deniliquin region through Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

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