LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Community champions are fighting against basin plan Why is our Federal Government prepared to willingly sacrifice the livelihood and economies of the Goulburn, Murray and Murrumbidgee valleys — all for South Australian votes?
What sort of people do we have in the halls of power who allow this to happen?
During recent forums the MurrayDarling Basin Authority has made it clear that it is tied by government legislation and a demand from the Prime Minister to deliver a flawed basin plan ‘‘in full and on time’’.
The MDBA follows meekly along, unprepared to highlight that this is a plan with serious unintended consequences which is not protecting our rural communities, despite this being the promise of politicians.
Whatever happened to the guarantee that the basin plan would achieve triple bottom line outcomes that equally consider social and economic damage alongside the environment?
This has been thrown out the door by Prime Minister Turnbull, seemingly because he is frightened of losing precious South Australian and city Green votes if he tries to bring fairness and commonsense into the equation.
Meanwhile the MDBA, the enabling mechanism of this ill-conceived plan, conveniently turns a blind eye to the damage it is creating in our communities.
All I can say is thank goodness we have a champion community, which is full of community champions who are articulate, informed and passionate.
But we need more. We need additional help to fight the basin plan and the politicians and convince them to deliver a plan that is fair and balanced.
The time has come to say enough is enough. Stop the falsehoods, stop the blame games and do something to support our rural communities.
The first step must be sensible policy that not only provides water for the environment, but also ensures we have sufficient affordable water to grow the food and fibre on which our regions survive and thrive. — Vicki Meyer Deniliquin