Wa­ter in­quiry

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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.

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