Win for Menindee Lakes with Tandou water sale
The Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the decision by the Commonwealth to acquire 21.9 Gigalitres of water from Lake Tandou will prove a significant boost to the management of the Menindee Lakes.
Mr Coulton said the acquisition will contribute to water efficiencies for the lower lakes and help to meet Basin Plan targets.
He said water losses, mainly through evaporation, in the delivery to Tandou from Lake Cawndilla would now be avoided and more water can be held in the upper lakes of the Menindee system.
Mr Coulton said the Darling system would benefit, rather than be impacted by the acquisition.
“This acquisition also means the cost of upgrading the Pinello Channel is avoided, which would have cost $72 million.
Mr Coulton said the acquisition will help the NSW Government objective, announced in March, to improve the management of the Menindee Lakes system.
“They will put in works and measures in order to reduce evaporation, optimise the significant natural, cultural and economic [values] of the Lakes, and the continued use of the Lakes for recreational and tourism purposes.
“This acquisition avoids the need to recover substantially more water throughout the Basin.
Mr Coulton also welcomes a decision taken last Friday [16 June 2017] by Basin Ministers, who collectively agreed to support a MDBA recommendation to reduce the recovery target in the Northern Basin from 390 GL to 320 GL.
This recommendation must pass through the Commonwealth Parliament.