Just build the Wilcannia weir, Minister

MEDIA RELEASE – 27 November 2014

The Greens NSW water and Western NSW spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called on Water Minister Kevin Humphries to stop messing around with feasibility studies and commit actual funds to build a new downstream weir for Wilcannia in 2015.

“There is an old saying that “money talks, while bullshit walks”, and right now Water Minister Kevin Humphries has not committed funds to build a new downstream weir for the town of Wilcannia. All we have is a lot of boasting about a feasibility study,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“There are already 15 weirs on the Darling River upstream of the Menindee Lakes System. There are over 250 weirs West of the Great Dividing Range in NSW – everyone knows moving the weir downstream of Wilcannia is entirely feasible. We don’t need a fancy feasibility study, we need to draw up engineering plans and have a commitment of funds to build the weir in 2015.

“If the current Water Minister can’t even allocate a relatively small budget to build a much needed weir in the heart of his new electorate, then he should hang up his boots and step down.

“Minister Humphries can run out all the lazy clichés about the Greens that he likes, but I’m not going away, I’m going to fight for this weir because it is the right thing to do,” he said.

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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