Minister talks down dead fish meet
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 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 that 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.
NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair warned that a talkfest would not provide solutions.