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Old man river rolls on, again!


Brewarrina’s Aboriginal Fish traps will be visible for Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival this weekend, but is due to be inundated by a good flush down the Barwon and Darling Rivers. Inset: Mayor of Brewarrina Shire Vivian Slack-Smith. Photo: Thomas Lisson/TWH

Towns along the Barwon-Darling River and some tributaries are set to see good flows throughout April and May, following rain in the catchment – mainly in south-west Queensland.

Fresh flows are running down the Barwon River towards the Darling after good rain and storms throughout the catchment two weeks ago – especially from the Moonie, Weir, Culgoa-Balonne, and Warrego Rivers in Queensland, and the Gil Gil Creek

WaterNSW expects good inflows from the tributaries will continue over this week following rainfall in the Moonie and Culgoa catchments in Queensland as well as the Macintyre in the Border Rivers and Gil Gil River in the Gwydir catchment.

The increased flows are now just above Brewarrina in the Barwon River and flows from the Culgoa River are just above Bourke.

Towns, villages, and farming water users along the Barwon Darling are expected to benefit from these flows as the water makes it way down through Mungindi, Collarenebri, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Louth, Tilpa, and Wilcannia to Menindee Lakes.

All these communities are expected to benefit from good flows and good quality water supplies throughout the next few months

A spokesman for WaterNSW said that rainfall in parts of the northern Murray-Darling Basin over the past 6 months has resulted in continued inflows to Menindee Lakes. […]


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