Cri­sis talks on fish kill

The Queensland Times - - NATION -

WITH the spec­tre of more dead fish loom­ing over NSW, one state min­is­ter has warned against an emer­gency meet­ing of stake­hold­ers be­com­ing an in­ef­fec­tive talk-fest.

Up to a mil­lion fish are dead in the Dar­ling River at Menindee and more are likely to per­ish in com­ing days as tem­per­a­tures rise.

De­spite crit­i­cism from sci­en­tists and en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cates who say mis­man­age­ment of wa­ter is to blame, the fed­eral and NSW gov­ern­ments are adamant drought is be­hind the deaths.

Fed­eral Wa­ter Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud has asked the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity to con­vene a meet­ing of wa­ter man­agers and en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter hold­ers this week.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment wants states to agree to use $5 mil­lion from Mur­rayDar­ling Basin funds for a strat­egy to look after na­tive fish.

NSW Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Niall Blair, pic­tured, called for an end to blameshift­ing, say­ing the Mur­rayDar­ling Basin Plan was set­tled in De­cem­ber.

“Hold­ing a talk-fest that does not iden­tify any new wa­ter so­lu­tions to help the Menindee com­mu­nity does not help any­one,” Mr Blair said.

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