Stakeholders in the Lower Darling are strongly opposed to proposed changes to the Menindee Lakes. Local member Kevin Humphries has proposed a new ‘Option 7’ for the Lakes, aiming to deliver more water and local jobs.
Unfortunately, Option 7 would require changes to legislation, agreements and infrastructure.
There is a real risk that the NSW and Commonwealth governments will delay negotiations for water buy backs and compensation while they undertake assessments and consultation on Option 7. This could delay any structural adjustment packages for several years.
Concern for the communities of the Lower Darling is long-overdue. However, Option 7 is unlikely to improve their situation.