Make Murray mar­ginal

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Dear Edi­tor, Mak­ing Murray a mar­ginal seat is the only way to get our is­sues heard. Our com­mu­ni­ties are not val­ued, politi­cians of all per­sua­sions take us for granted and po­lit­i­cal out­comes in other re­gions are more im­por­tant.

For the last six years I and many oth­ers have high­lighted so­cial and eco­nomic risks to the Murray re­gion un­der the Basin Plan.

Im­por­tantly, prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions have been pro­vided to lo­cal and se­nior politi­cians in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments. They make sense and could be im­ple­mented, but are still ig­nored. Why?

Murray Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity’s re­cent pre­lim­i­nary re­port (2017) on so­cial and eco­nomic im­pacts iden­ti­fied this val­ley — in par­tic­u­lar De­niliquin, Barham and Wakool re­gion — as most im­pacted. The re­port states the full af­fects will be felt over the next three to five years.

Ev­ery­body in our com­mu­ni­ties will feel th­ese af­fects re­gard­less of lo­ca­tion. Whether it re­sults from vol­umes of water re­moved, fu­ture pric­ing, ac­cess to al­lo­ca­tions, tem­po­rary trade pric­ing and how en­vi­ron­men­tal flows will be de­liv­ered . . . all will play their part.

How­ever water is just one of many ru­ral pol­icy is­sues that im­pact on our com­mu­ni­ties. Health ser­vices, cen­tral­is­ing de­ci­sions to larger ur­ban cen­tres, fail­ure to value lo­cal knowl­edge, com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, in­fra­struc­ture and po­lit­i­cal deals on our en­vi­ron­ments are all is­sues I have heard lo­cal by-elec­tion can­di­date He­len Dal­ton speak out on for many years.

He­len is a farmer, Nuffield Scholar, school teacher and has rep­re­sented ru­ral peo­ple on many is­sues. Im­por­tantly she is com­pas­sion­ate about peo­ple and the is­sues that af­fect ru­ral ar­eas. I am per­son­ally speak­ing out be­cause I have tried ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing else. In this by-elec­tion, mak­ing the Murray elec­torate a mar­ginal seat is our only real chance to get our voices heard.

Yours etc. Louise Burge


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