Fish deaths review team return to Menindee

The team tasked with undertaking and producing an independent review into March’s Menindee fish kill event are back this coming week to speak again to community members.

From Monday to Thursday, the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer (OCSE) team will invite residents to Menindee Civic Hall at 30 Yartla St to come along from 8am to 5.30pm, similar to their first visit a month ago, with the aim to again hear from people regarding the catastrophic event that killed millions of fish along the Darling-Baaka River.

Deputy Chief Scientist and Engineer, Dr Darren Saunders, says the team is looking forward to hearing from as many more people as possible in this latest round of community listening sessions.

“During our last visit, we heard how deeply local residents had been affected by the massive fish death incidents in February and March. It gave us a valuable insight into the town, its residents and how they all relate to what happens on the river,” Dr Saunders said.

“We are grateful people gave their time to share with us their insights and experience about the fish deaths incidents and we want to hear from more Menindee residents. Everyone’s thoughts are valuable. We will be obtaining information through community listening times, and also by calling for submissions from community members, organisations and government agencies.”

Submissions can either be made publicly or confidentially. To make an appointment, or to make a formal or informal submission, email [email protected] or call 02 9228 5769.

The OCSE team will be returning again in mid-July to seek further community feedback to assist in the report which is set to be completed and released by August 30.

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