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Governors call to pump our water to the Darling

Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC.
Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC.

THE Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, has reignited the 60-year-old debate over whether water from the Northern Rivers should be diverted into the Darling River system.

While on a visit to Menindee, in the far west of NSW yesterday, Professor Bashir said that pumping water from the Northern Rivers into the Darling River could be a solution to water problems.

She said that the ups and downs of the Darling system make life hard for those who rely on irrigation and inland families, and that building a system like the snowy river hydro scheme in the north east of the state could make a difference.

"I think now the clever people in Australia have to be devising a way of channelling the water, preserving the water, whether it's from a pipeline from the Gulf rivers or the Northern Rivers of NSW and getting them down into the Darling," Prof Bashir said.

Prof Bashir said she has spoken to some politicians about her idea and that it is something that should be looked at.

"I think a clever country such as ours, a very clever country that built the snowy dams, and the hydro-electric, wonderful, wonderful constructions, it wouldn't be too hard to sink this one through," she said.



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