I have just completed a trip along the Darling River and what I have seen is a river system mostly in complete chaos.
I really wonder why the very contentious basin plan is called the Murray-Darling Basin Plan — somewhere along the way those hundreds of experts in Canberra with their marvellous computer modelling have largely forgotten about the Darling River.
The lower Darling is barely flowing and the salt levels are increasing dramatically.
The same rules that have been applied to the Murray River irrigation system must be applied to the Darling River.
It really breaks your heart to hear all of the stories of woe.
Farmers are doing it hard enough in Australia, dry times are here again for a lot and idiotic government energy policies has put their energy bills out of control — no wonder the average age of farmers is getting older all the time.
The Menindee Lakes need to be maintained as they supply a wonderful water source for Broken Hill along with sustaining and amazing amount of wildlife.
The argument that they evaporate quickly is wrong and can be countered by the 2000Gl of water each year needed to keep the once saline lower lakes a fresh water system.
If we are to have a fair basin plan then it must encompass the whole river system, including the lower lakes.
I am completely bamboozled by the NSW Government’s idea to build a 500km pipeline from the Murray River to Broken Hill — the water is already there.
Quite a few locals there told me the mineral sands mines want more water, hence the pipeline.
So many years since the basin plan began and it is enveloped in more controversy than ever.
—Peter Gilmour, Cobram