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Deniliquin Council group to monitor river

A group is being established to advise Deniliquin Council on issues relating to the Edward River.

February 25, 2014 8:50am

Deniliquin Council is establishing a new group to advise on issues relating to the Edward River.

It will include a range of stakeholders, including government and community representatives, each with an interest or involvement in the river.

The group was the suggestion of Deputy Mayor Cr Ashley Hall, who believes it can help identify any concerns or suggestions for improving the river amenity around Deniliquin.

‘‘The Edward River is our greatest asset, and as such the council is aware it needs to be well-informed and able to advise government authorities where necessary on river related issues,’’ he said.

‘‘This can be achieved by getting key stakeholders with knowledge of the river around the table to provide advice.’’

The aim of the group will be to identify, discuss and provide advice on issues impacting on the Edward River, including safety, river levels and demands on its resource.

It is expected to have representatives with specific experience in a range of these interests.

‘‘It is not possible to always meet all demands, however it is important we develop a greater understanding of individual priorities, which can be achieved through better communication,’’ Cr Hall said.

‘‘Council wants to play a role in improving the river’s management, the understanding of river use and consistency with policy development.’’

Cr Hall provided details of the group to a recent Deniliquin Business Chamber meeting.

Chamber had previously expressed concerns about river heights, which was an issue that had already been addressed by Deniliquin Council during fruitful discussions with the NSW Office of Water.

‘‘This will be a council driven committee that will work through any issues on river management,’’ he told chamber.

‘‘Council wants the group established as soon as possible to facilitate a united approach to managing our towns number one asset.’’

Cr Hall said invitations to prospective members would be sent out in coming weeks.

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