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Tuesday, 16 July 1946


Mr DEDMAN - Discussions extending over a considerable period have taken place between the Governments of the Commonwealth, New South Wales and

Victoria on the utilization of the water of the' Snowy River. As I see it, all three governments have rights to the water, the Commonwealth Government by virtue of ar agreement with the State of New South Wales dating from, I think, 1910, the Government of New South Wales because the upper and middle reaches of the river are in New South Wales, and the Government of Victoria because the lower reaches of the river are in that -State. The proposal of the Government of New South Wales is that the water be diverted into the Murrumbidgee for irrigation purposes in its lower reaches. The Government of Victoria, however, claims that it should be diverted to the river Murray and that thereby a great volume of electricity could be generated. Indeed, I am informed that the volume of electricity so generated would be as great as tb at generated at Yallourn, and that after the generation of electricity the water could be used for irrigation in the river Murray valley itself. All three governments have agreed that the Commonwealth Government shall investigate the relative costs of the two schemes and . that a report be made to the three parties within six months of the date of the conference held in Canberra about three weeks ago.-







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