​Media Release

Finley Regulator makes water run on time

1 November 2018

  • Finley Town Regulator one of main irrigation assets on the Mulwala Canal
  • New infrastructure will give irrigators greater control of water timing and flow
  • Coalition Government invested $18 million in Deniliquin region works this winter​

More irrigators along the Mulwala Canal will be able to get water when they need it, with the completion of the Finlay Town Regulator.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud officially opened on the $1.9 million regulator, one of many infrastructure upgrades on the Mulwala Canal delivered this winter.

"Upgrades like this one will mean irrigators can make the best use of their water," Minister Littleproud said.

"I know that irrigators in the NSW Murray have been doing it tough with NSW yet to make an allocation to general security this year.

"But when it does rain, and it will, being able to get it when you need it makes all the difference.

"The Mulwala Canal is vital to farmers and their communities.

"Construction was completed over winter and it was on time. It didn't affect farm production.

"The Coalition Government's investments in water infrastructure are reducing seepage and other water losses.

"Infrastructure upgrades have let Murray Irrigation draw on water conveyance allocations to get water to farmers even when a zero percent allocation for general security is in place.

"The new regulator will cut maintenance costs, increases safety and helps to future-proof water delivery in the region.

"We've invested a total of $18 million on projects like this in the region over winter giving the local economy a boost with workers coming into the area to make this project happen."

Fast Facts:

  • Finley Town Regulator is one of the main regulator structures on the Mulwala Canal.
  • Murray Irrigation supplies water to over 1,357 farms, of which 49 percent grow rice.
  • Coalition Government investing $284m in upgrades to Murray Irrigation's network.