Lake Albert is an important part of the city’s infrastructure, contributing to tourism, sporting groups, recreation and local businesses.
One of my first acts as Member for Wagga, following my election last September, was to meet with members of council and Riverina Water to discuss the Lake Albert issue.
The key to water quality lies in increasing the water level.
The Tatton Drain solution was blocked by the Natural Resources Access Regulator, not the state government.
The option of using the weir was only a temporary fix and as such, Wagga City Council decided the money would be better spent on a more permanent solution.
There is no overnight fix to this problem, but I am supporting council in its bid to draw water into the lake.
While the problem has been ongoing for a number of years now, I am confident in the current GM’s commitment to find a solution.
In the meantime, I have heard anecdotally, council’s ultrasound technology trial is working as predicted and council is also applying to the State Government for a grant to assist in its current plan.