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National Parks cleared ofillegal water use at Toorale

The Western Floodplain on Toorale National Park. Inset: Chief Regulatory Officer of the Natural Resources Access Regulator, Grant Barnes at Bourke. Photo TWH

The NSW “water police” have cleared NSW National Parks of any illegal activity in the use of their water licences and works approvals at Toorale Station, between Bourke and Louth.

The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) has completed a detailed investigation of water diversions and water storage on Toorale after complaints from water users downstream in the Darling River.

Downstream water users had accused National Parks of illegally diverting water onto the western floodplain and of holding water back in dams – water that they say should have flowed downstream to Louth, Tilpa, and Wilcannia.

As a result of the investigation, NRAR has issued a direction to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to install metering equipment at Boera Dam on Toorale National Park to increase transparency in water measurement.

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