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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2557

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for

National Development, upon notice:

(1)   Will he release the findings of the subcommittee, referred to in the annual report of the River Murray Commission, which was established to inquire into the extent and cost of the work required to make the channel of the River Murray suitable for carrying regulated flows between the Hume Dam and Yarrawonga.

(2)   Will he examine the situation which existed in the River Murray in March 1970 when the River ran bank-full at 10,000 cusecs for 2 weeks.

(3)   Can he say whether this situation would interfere with the anticipated operations of Dartmouth to help peak irrigation demands.

Mr Swartz - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The report referred to is a technical report to the Commission and is unlikely to be published. It was on the basis of this report that provision has been made in the latest amendments to the River Murray Waters Agreement, to authorise the River Murray Commission to carry out river improvement works in the section of the River Murray between Hume Dam and Yarrawonga Weir.

(2)   It is not clear what sort of examination is suggested. It is expected that when appropriate river improvement works have been carried out in terms of the Amending Agreement, flows of the order of 10,000 cusecs will be carried without any significant overbank flow.

(3)   lt is not expected that the river channel capacity between Hume and Yarrawonga will interfere with operations associated with the Dartmouth storage.

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