Pipe proposal ditched by LMW

FORMER first Mildura Irrigation Trust chair Jim Belbin has condemned Lower Murray Water for ditching a long-standing proposal to replace the L South trunk channel through Nichols Point with a pipeline.

Kids in danger: Mildura irrigator Jim Belbin has hit out at Lower Murray Water for a “last minute” change to the proposal to replace the L South trunk channel through Nichols Point.

The L-South channel curves around the Nichols PointPrimary School’s southern boundary.

Although a high fence stands between the school and the channel, the open concrete channel is still considered a hazard to the town’s children.

Mr Belbin said the need to pipeline the channel to protect the primary school was the original basis of the proposal for $103 million in funding for the Sunraysia modernisation channel.

The project been part of FMIT’s master plan, and was still part of Lower Murray Water’s plan for the SMP as recently as May last year.

He said the proposal had been deleted at the last minute, without proper public consultation, in favour of an unspecified upgrade to the to Koorlong area’s K West channel.

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