Min­is­ter vis­its canal

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The Mul­wala Canal is vi­tal to lo­cal farm­ers and their com­mu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture and Water Re­sources Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud.

Mr Lit­tleproud got to see first-hand the strate­gic im­por­tance and na­tional sig­nif­i­cance of the iconic piece of in­fra­struc­ture when he toured Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion’s op­er­a­tional area last week.

The tour, hosted by Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Michael Rene­han and chair Phil Snow­den, in­cluded stops at

the Mul­wala Canal off­take and The Drop hy­dro­elec­tric power sta­tion, be­fore an of­fi­cial open­ing of the Fin­ley town sup­ply reg­u­la­tor.

Mr Rene­han said the min­is­ter was im­pressed by the scale of the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions.

‘‘We were able to show the min­is­ter some of the up­grades we’ve made un­der the Com­mon­wealth-funded (pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ship) project,’’ Mr Rene­han said.

‘‘The Mul­wala Canal is the back­bone of our water de­liv­ery

sys­tem, so it was good for him to see it in ac­tion.

‘‘The min­is­ter was also in­ter­ested to know more about our cus­tomers and how the Mul­wala Canal plays a part in sup­port­ing them.’’

The re­cently up­graded Fin­ley town sup­ply reg­u­la­tor — one of 65 reg­u­la­tors up­graded un­der PIIOP3 — was of­fi­cially opened as part of the tour.

‘‘The Mul­wala Canal is vi­tal to farm­ers and their com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Mr Lit­tleproud said.

‘‘Up­grades like this (to the Fin­ley town sup­ply reg­u­la­tor)

mean ir­ri­ga­tors can make the best use of their water.

‘‘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.

‘‘The new (Fin­ley town sup­ply) reg­u­la­tor will cut main­te­nance costs, in­creases safety and helps to fu­ture-proof water de­liv­ery in the re­gion.’’

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