Basin Plan

National park ‘at the mercy’ of Murray-Darling Basin water changes

21 February 2018

Peter Hannam, The Sydney Morning Herald
21 February 2018

The fate of a 50-year-old national park in western NSW is “at the mercy of water managers” regardless of the region’s critical environmental role the reserve was set up to protect, ecologists and locals say.

The Kinchega National Park, about 100 kilometres south-east of Broken Hill, borders the Tandou irrigation property that Barnaby Joyce’s federal agricultural department paid $78 million for its water rights last year.

The park, which contains half of Lake Menindee, is one of at least four sanctuaries in the NSW section of the Murray-Darling Basin where goals of the Office of Environment and Heritage’s National Parks and Wildlife Service face being overridden by other demands, such as from irrigation, environmentalists said.

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