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Greens welcome Toorale purchase – and call for tourism investment

"The purchase of Toorale Station by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments is an important step in the process of restoring sustainable flows to the Murray Darling system," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens water spokesperson said today.

"The 90,000 hectares of high value floodplain has the potential to become an attractive destination as a showcase of our environment and heritage," Senator Siewert said.

"If the Commonwealth and State follow up this investment with active support for local tourism, then they could deliver both a win for the environment and a win for the local community," said Senator Siewert.

"This would be a smart way to mitigate the impacts of the purchase on the local economy and help promote the long-term security of the region."

"Buying Toorale will make a big difference to the health of the Warrego and Darling Rivers - for example in the big flow of last year Toorale received almost 200 gigalitres," she said.

"It is crucial that the freeing up of this water is backed up by State Government reforms to water extraction licences to ensure that these occasional environmental flows aren't intercepted downstream before they reach high value ecosystems that need a drink," said Senator Siewert.

"The Australian Greens welcome the purchase of Toorale station and the restoration of free flows in the Warrego - and acknowledge this is a positive move by our governments in tackling one of our biggest national environmental challenges," concluded Senator Siewert.

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