29 March 2023
The Nature Conservation Council has applauded Premier Chris Minns’s decision to visit Menindee on his first day as Premier of New South Wales.
Premier Minns will travel to the far west of the state to see first hand the latest mass fish kill in the Lower Darling-Baaka River.
“After years of shameless political neglect, the Minns visit is finally a step in the right direction for the struggling Murray Darling Basin,” said NCC Chief Executive Jacqui Mumford.
“His ‘listening tour’ won't magically fix all the problems associated with reduced water flows and degraded water quality right across the Basin. But it does indicate that reviving the once mighty Murray Darling river system will be a priority for the new government.”
“Labor’s pledge to implement the Murray Darling Basin Plan in full will give the waterways a fighting chance to cope with the next drought - which we all know is on its way.
“Premier Minns will see first hand today that the entire network of rivers and waterways must be managed as a connected whole - that’s our only chance to rebuild native fish populations and reinstate a healthy aquatic system,” said Jacqui Mumford
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