Fin­ley reg­u­la­tor of­fi­cially opened by min­is­ter

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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).

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