The NSW Government should investigate potential sites for new dams and then conduct consultation, Southern Riverina Irrigators (SRI) delegate Denis Tinkler told a Parliamentary inquiry earlier this month.
The inquiry into the adequacy of the state’s water storages held a public hearing in Wagga, where both SRI and the Riverina And Murray Regional Organisation of Councils (RAMROC) made presentations.
Mr Tinkler said the government should investigate new dam sites, and ‘‘come back to us with a discussion’’.
However, he said ‘‘all the best storage sites are already taken’’.
‘‘There is, in our area, two possible sites,’’ he said.
‘‘One’s in Victoria, on the Ovens system, and the other one is the Murray Gates one above the Hume - neither of which give a lot of advantage for irrigators.’’
Mr Tinkler said the benefit of more dams is more security - however that means little to local irrigators, almost all of whom have general security water.