Belubula water security on the agenda
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair, has today joined with the Nationals Candidate for Orange, Scott Barrett, to meet with key groups to discuss water security options on the Belubula River.
Mr Blair has travelled to Orange today to meet with representatives of Lachlan Valley Water and the Belubula Landholders Association, to discuss steps the NSW Government is taking to investigate options for water security and flood mitigation on the Belubula River.
“In coming weeks I will announce the successful tenderer for Stage Two of this process, to conduct a detailed feasibility study into a possible new dam at Cranky Rock, to give the NSW Government the best possible advice on how to proceed,” Mr Blair said.
“By opposing any dam on the Belubula River, NSW Labor has walked away from the farmers and communities of the Central West, which are calling for a water security and flood mitigation solution which provides long-term certainty.
“While there has been extraordinary rainfall and flooding through the Central West recently, we know that this will not always be the case – which is why it is critical that we do not delay thorough investigation of long-term water security solutions.
“While Labor is in the region today opposing any new dam, The Nationals are sitting down with farmers to talk about what we are doing to find a solution, which balances environmental and socio-economic impacts.
“If Labor had done even the smallest bit of homework – and read our publicly available scoping study – they would have realised that the Cranky Rock option has been identified as the one most likely to minimise environment and heritage impacts.
“Labor has said it will oppose the NSW Government’s reforms to native vegetation laws and now they’re opposing water security for farmers of the Central West – it’s clear that they are being driven by an inner-city agenda far removed from the realities of life in regional NSW.”
Mr Barrett said the Central West needed water security.
“Having secure and available water is vital to unlock the potential of our region – that’s why we need to focus on building new dams and expanding the storage capacity of existing facilities,” Mr Barrett said.
“New dams, such as the one proposed for the Belubula River, would provide multiple benefits for the region, including water security, tourism and recreation, irrigation and flood mitigation for our farms and towns.”