Govt splashes $70 million in response to fish kills

A report into recent fish kills along the Darling River has led to the Government promising $70 million to prevent it happening again.

BUYING some water entitlement from irrigators, installing cameras on the river, and a subsidy for farmers to install water meters are at the centre of a $70 million Federal Government spend to prevent fish kills.

According to an article on the ABC website, Federal Water Minister David Littleproud has splashed the funding in response to the findings of a scientific study of mass fish kills in the lower Darling River.

The funding includes $25 million to subsidise water meters in the northern basin, $5 million for cameras to live stream river flows, $20 million for water and environment research and a commitment to, together with the NSW Government, buy A-Class licences in the Barwon-Darling.

“We’re looking to protect those low flows through securing some of those A-Class licences in consultation with the community, making sure we can bring them with us,” Mr Littleproud said.

Critics of the Government’s water management say it’s too little, too late. You can read the full story HERE.

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