NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey says Menindee has had the “most glorious rains” along with the far western part of New South Wales.

It comes as the Menindee Lakes system in the far west of NSW has reached full capacity for the first time in a decade after suffering through several mass fish kills as a result of prolonged drought and low water levels.

“Water is life out there, for the communities to go fishing, to have fun, for the farmers, it’s their tranquillity, it’s their place to have fun and to see it full to the brim is really exciting,” Ms Pavey told Sky News host Chris Smith.

“We’ve got La Niña predictions, really good rains for the next 12 months, I mean we’ve got every dam full to overflowing in New South Wales, Wyangala Dam, its been spilling for a couple of weeks.

“I think the message here is we’re going to have droughts continuing and it’s important that we don’t take the foot off the throttle when it comes to planning that the next series of dams so that we can manage climate change.”

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