Fish kill farmer files police complaint over alleged threat from cotton industry rep

Rob McBride has been active in bring international attention to the death of millions of fish in the Darling River.

A FARMER at the centre of the Menindee fish kill story has lodged a complaint with police, alleging he felt “intimidated” by a staff member of lobby group Cotton Australia.

According to an article on the ABC website, the owner of far western New South Wales property Tolarno Station, Rob McBride, has filed the complaint with New South Wales Police.

In January Mr McBride appeared in a video holding up dead Murray Cod after a mass fish kill outside Menindee. The footage went viral and is credited with bringing attention to the state of the Murray-Darling Basin.

In the official police complaint, Mr McBride alleged that a Cotton Australia employee “threatened” him. Intimidation is an offence under the New South Wales Crimes Act. Police are now investigating whether there is evidence of any offence and are interviewing other witnesses.

Cotton Australia has released a statement saying the claims “are entirely denied”.

You can read the full report HERE.


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