News

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.

Topics:  clarence river, marie bashir, water




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Lismore Paddle Challenge raises $2000

Paddlers joined in while a crowd watched all in support of Summerland Credit Union administrative assistant Kirstie Salgram who signed up for the three-day fundraising event in Fiji because she thought it would be an amazing opportunity to help impoverished people. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Challenge sees 11 minor celebs paddling.

Liam Hemsworth could be joining his brother in Byron

No Caption

BYRON could be home to two Hemsworth brothers

Maudeville is back, brighter and shinier than ever

DIVA: Maude Boat as MC of the Cabaret Show at a previous Tropical Fruit’s New Year Eve Party in Lismore.

IN A city full of divas, only one reigns supreme: Maude Boate.

Latest deals and offers

Bong throwing at MardiGrass 2016

The Nimbin MardiGrass Hemp Olympix wrap

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

10 ‘must-see’ open homes on the Northern Rivers this weekend

McGrath Ballina have listed this home at 19 Stonehenge Place, Lennox Head.

Looking for a new home? Then check out this list.

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.