We must protect our river
We live in a multicultural community where people with different backgrounds, race, ethnicity, education, values, religion, spiritual beliefs, and so on, live together in the one place. Our sense of place and what connects us to certain places are also different.
The Margaret River, or as the Wadandi call it, Wooditchup, holds great significance and value for all who live here, and for visitors, whether some realise it or not.
The river holds different values for us all, but we would have to agree we love it. We want it to thrive, remain healthy, and be protected so the whole of the river will forever flow into the great ocean.
It saddened me to hear of the division between certain groups and people during the two-year issue of the (formerly called) “winter diversion track”.
If there is to be a track, then what are the best approaches?
I was honoured to be part of the working group as a representative for the Margaret River Regional Environment Centre for what seems to be a solution in which the importance of the Margaret River comes first.
Thank you to all members of the working group for their dedication and sharing their knowledge respectfully.
This is in no way the end of the process. The working group, under the direction of Stuart Hicks, proved the community can work together.
Solutions and suggestions may not please everyone, but we must remember there are a lot of people and groups with different backgrounds and values involved.
We, all members of the community, have the responsibility to respect the local water source (the river and the Yarragadee Aquifer that feeds it) that provides us with life. We have the responsibility to protect the water source from harm and we are all responsible for maintaining its healthy flow.