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A river for Christmas!


Barwon Darling Water spokesman Ian Cole at the site of the lock on the Bourke Weir. Photo TWH

Towns along the Barwon-Darling River are set to see good flows throughout the Christmas and New Year period and beyond.

Fresh flows are running down the Barwon-Darling after good rain and storms throughout the catchment – especially from the Moonie River in Queensland.

Most tributaries have been contributing some flow – including some reasonable contributions from the Border Rivers, Gwydir, Castlereagh, and Macquarie Rivers.

These flows have come on top of environmental flows currently being released down the Macquarie River from Burrendong Dam.

Although most environmental releases are soaked up in the Macquarie Marshes, some small flows are entering the Barwon River above Brewarrina and are expected to continue throughout the summer. A good flow from the Castlereagh River has also boosted these environmental flows.

Collarenebri, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Louth, Tilpa, and Wilcannia are all benefitting from the flows – guaranteeing good water supplies through the Christmas break and beyond.

And surprisingly the Culgoa River above Bourke is also contributing some flows because of rain in western Queensland three weeks ago. The rises at Collerina on the Culgoa are believed to be from flows in the Nebine and Mungallala Creeks.

Bourke Mayor Councillor Barry Hollman said Bourke couldn’t have received better news than this at Christmas, especially during the current heatwave. […]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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