Pro­tect­ing our river

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Works - By NATALIE HOLMES

Age: Favourite song?

I don’t want to, be­cause my sis­ter knows. The Trolls song. Cause their hair is all colour­ful too.

Favourite colour? Favourite game?

Red

Hmm... I don’t know. I like movies. ABC Kids be­cause that’s on the TV. We just turn it on and it goes onto ABC Kids.

Mad­die

Mad­die too

When I am not Mad­die’s

Who is your best friend? What makes you laugh? What makes you sad?

friend I am sad

What are you afraid of?

Ants, cause they climb on us – on our foots and they don’t climb off. I do this and do that (swings leg back and for­ward) and they come off.

If you could change your name, what would it be? My name is Ri­ley What are you re­ally good at? I’ll show you some

tricks I can do with my foot (hops on the spot, then bal­ances on one leg and falls over). Watch TV

Do you have any jokes to tell me? I make my sis­ter laugh at me when I do jokes, she has two names

What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?

Ev­ery­thing in my lunch­box

What is your favourite fruit? Ap­ple What do you want to be when you grow up?

The size of you

How old is grown up?

I want num­ber three, but I’m not grown up now. I’m not, I’m not, I’m re­ally, re­ally not. THE Healthy Rivers Am­bas­sadors of Dubbo have one goal in mind and that is to pro­tect the lo­cal ri­par­ian en­vi­ron­ment. As an Aus­tralian Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion com­mu­nity group, they are ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness of the chal­lenges fac­ing our rivers and wet­lands.

“Rivers pro­vide our whole lifeblood,” mem­ber Mel Gray ex­plained. “They are ab­so­lutely vi­tal to our ex­is­tence.”

Par­tic­u­larly in the lead-up to the NSW State Elec­tion in March, Ms Gray said it is im­por­tant to pri­ori­tise and pro­tect river ar­eas.

“It’s a mat­ter of putting the needs of the river out there and en­cour­ag­ing politi­cians who want to do their best for the Mac­quarie, and let­ting them know how much peo­ple care about the river and keep­ing the rivers healthy.”

The Mac­quarie River is part of the Mur­ray-dar­ling Basin which Ms Gray said has been se­ri­ously af­fected by over­al­lo­ca­tion of wa­ter re­sources.

“Our aim is to pro­tect ri­par­ian life, we’ve lost na­tive fish stock in the Mur­ray-dar­ling Basin ever since white set­tle­ment,” she ex­plained.

One of the af­fected ar­eas is the Mac­quarie Marshes which have been listed un­der the Ram­sar Con­ven­tion as an in­ter­na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant wet­land.

“The Mac­quarie Marshes are dry­ing up, they have lost too much wa­ter. We’ve got to main­tain a vi­tal wet­land in­stead of di­vert­ing wa­ter for short-term profit ex­tracted for in­dus­try.”

Ms Gray said there are other el­e­ments for pro­tect­ing wa­ter­ways which can be fol­lowed by any­one.

“Don’t litter, don’t trash the en­vi­ron­ment.

“And be aware that most of the wa­ter go­ing through Dubbo will be ex­tracted.”

The NSW Gov­ern­ment has re­cently placed the draft Mac­quarie-castlereag­h Sur­face Wa­ter Re­source Plan on pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion to gauge opin­ion about the is­sue.

The pur­pose of this plan is to set out how NSW will meet its obli­ga­tions un­der the Mur­ray-dar­ling Basin Plan.

“There are def­i­nitely some is­sues we are go­ing to high­light with the plan, such as flood plain har­vest­ing and wa­ter re­source plan­ning,” Ms Gray said.

“Peo­ple can get in­volved, we want to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the im­pact we have on the Mac­quarie, and that it is over­al­lo­cated.”

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have un­til Fe­bru­ary 1 to lodge their feed­back at acf.org.au/group_­dubbo is a Healthy River Am­bas­sador and wants to be­come in­volved to pro­tect Mac­quarie River sys­tem. NIXON

PHOTO: DARCEE NIXON

PHOTO: DARCEE

Mel Graypeo­ple help the new

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