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MEDIA RELEASE

SENATOR NICK MINCHIN

Minister for Industry, Science and Resources

 

13 October 1999 99/326

 

 

ADDITIONAL RELEASE FROM SNOWY MOUNTAINS SCHEME

 

 

Senator Nick Minchin, Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, today welcomed the decision by the Snowy Mountains Council to release an additional 300 gigalitres of water on commercial terms.

 

The NSW Government, on behalf of NSW irrigation farmers, had requested the release of an additional 300 GL from the Snowy Mountains Scheme on commercial terms.

 

The caretaker Victorian Government did not to stand in the way of a satisfactory outcome for NSW farmers.

 

The commercial terms of the additional release are currently being negotiated between irrigation representatives, the NSW Department of Treasury, the NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation, the Snowy Hydro Trader and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority.

 

Earlier today, the Minister met with representatives from Murray Irrigation Ltd to discuss their concerns, and explained that he was sympathetic to their needs.

 

He expressed his desire for a speedy and satisfactory conclusion to the negotiations.

 

 

Contact:  Kate Harvey, Senator Minchin’s office, 02 6277 7580

 

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