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Barkandji River Rangers receive new boat for water monitoring

The Barkandji River Rangers have a new boat for monitoring water quality thanks to government funds.
Published: 09 November 2021

A new boat is allowing the Barkandji River Rangers to continue caring for Country by monitoring the water quality in the local waterways. The river rangers are based in Menindee, New South Wales, and are actively involved in caring for the Darling (Baaka) River.

Image of Barkandji River Rangers Barb Quayle, Fred Bennet, Leo Johnson, and Cheryl Blore with their new boat in Menindee
Barkandji River Rangers Barb Quayle, Fred Bennet, Leo Johnson, and Cheryl Blore with their new boat in Menindee

Earlier this year the rangers began collecting and recording information about oxygen levels, temperature, and salinity.

The boat was purchased using several funding source including:

  • $5,000 from an MDBA sponsorship
  • $4,500 from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries
  • $2,000 from the Barkandji Native Title Group.

The rangers had been making use of loaned equipment but can now continue their water monitoring activities along Menindee Lakes, the Darling (Baaka) River and the Great Darling Anabranch in their own vessel.

This work is being done under the guidance of the MDBA and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries and aims to provide agencies with a broader understanding of water quality.

The river rangers’ new boat is owned by the Barkandji Native Title Group.

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