Speak Up in Co­huna

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

The im­por­tance of wa­ter to our agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity will be high on the agenda at a meet­ing in Co­huna this month.

It has been or­gan­ised by the Speak Up Cam­paign, which is ad­vo­cat­ing more balanced wa­ter pol­icy, in par­tic­u­lar through im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan.

Any­one in­ter­ested in this topic is en­cour­aged to at­tend, at the Co­huna Com­mu­nity Room on Fri­day, Au­gust 17 from 10am. Morn­ing tea will be pro­vided be­fore the meet­ing starts at 10.30am.

Spe­cial guest will be co­or­di­na­tor of the Na­tional Carp Con­trol Plan, Matt Bar­wick, while Speak Up am­bas­sador Greg Toll will speak about his re­cent trip along the Dar­ling River and the many com­mu­ni­ties greatly im­pacted by the drought con­di­tions.

Speak Up chair Shel­ley Scoullar said their or­gan­i­sa­tion had gen­er­ated a lot of in­ter­est in North­ern Vic­to­ria, so it was con­sid­ered ap­pro­pri­ate to hold a meet­ing in this re­gion.

“It seems that whether you are from North­ern Vic­to­ria, the Goul­burn Val­ley or the New South Wales Mur­ray and Mur­rumbidgee re­gions, there are high lev­els of con­cern around the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan and its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“There ap­pears a gen­eral lack of un­der­stand­ing among many politi­cians and the gen­eral pub­lic about the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture to our com­mu­ni­ties, and the im­por­tance of wa­ter to agri­cul­ture.

“Speak Up has been work­ing hard to ed­u­cate peo­ple, as well as lob­by­ing politi­cians and bu­reau­crats about the need to ef­fec­tively bal­ance de­mands for wa­ter.

“At present the en­vi­ron­ment takes prece­dence at the ex­pense of agri­cul­ture and our com­mu­ni­ties. We need to change this level of think­ing, it does not need to be one or the other,” Mrs Scoullar said.

She added Speak Up has been work­ing hard to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion to gov­ern­ments and the gen­eral pub­lic and has met with nu­mer­ous politi­cians and bu­reau­crats, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of a more balanced Basin Plan.

“Last week we hosted a fo­rum in De­niliquin that was ad­dressed by pas­sion­ate agri­cul­ture ad­vo­cate David Far­ley. He told us, ‘10 years from now, make sure you can say that you chose and ne­go­ti­ated your fu­ture, and did not just set­tle for it’. David high­lighted the need for com­mu­ni­ties to drive change.

“That’s what Speak Up is all about. We refuse to sit back and al­low our com­mu­ni­ties to be ad­versely im­pacted by pol­icy that has been de­vel­oped in cap­i­tal cities, with in­suf­fi­cient un­der­stand­ing of how it af­fects us.

“Nor will we meekly watch as po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions are made that pro­tect mar­ginal city seats at our ex­pense.

“So, if you share sim­i­lar con­cerns please at­tend our meet­ing in Co­huna,” Mrs Scoullar said.

To RSVP speakup4wa­ter@gmail.com on 0458 067 617. email or phone Jodie

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