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The Australian Conservation Foundation and the Inland Rivers Network have welcomed the news the Federal and NSW governments have purchased Toorale Station.
Last month ACF and IRN identified six properties with big water storages in the Darling Basin that could easily be purchased by governments to help revive the struggling Murray-Darling system. Toorale is one of those properties.
“It’s great to see the Federal and NSW governments taking this opportunity to permanently return some water to the struggling Murray-Darling,” said Inland Rivers Network coordinator Amy Hankinson.
“The purchase of this property means around 90 billion litres of water a year – and 200 billion in some years – that would have been held in Toorale’s massive dams can now flow freely through the Warrego River, giving a critical boost to the Darling River and reviving wetlands, fish, birds and other wildlife.”
ACF and IRN also applauded the decision of the NSW Government to include the property in Australia’s National Reserve System.
ACF’s Dr Paul Sinclair said expanding Australia’s network of protected areas was a vital component of improving water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems.
“These rivers and floodplains have inspired some of Australia’s great storytellers like Henry Lawson. They have shaped our national identity.
“Today’s announcement is an important step towards fixing the problems of the Murray Darling Basin. It gives us hope that future generations of Australians will have the chance to be inspired by these great rivers,” he said.