Water campaigner out of work
Dear editor, For 15 years I tried helping others out in the political arena on water issues, timber industry issues, state forests turning into national parks, problems with access with hunting and fishing and camping problems in national parks.
You cannot take your dog camping with you in national parks, etcetera, etcetera.
I then stopped trying to help others and started our own business.
It was going great until the zero water allocation came out for this season’s irrigation program.
Well today, November 26, we finish our last job. Nothing on the books due to farmers not spending any money, and you cannot blame them as they suffer enough from weather and bad government policy as well.
I am not writing this for sympathy but am writing this to ask a question of the towns and communities within the MDBP.
Do we just take this lying down or do we make a stance?
I know there are a lot of people out there doing huge amounts trying to alleviate this water situation.
These people have been doing this for years and years at great expense to themselves.
But we as a whole community need to do something together, not just the people that have been to the thousands of meetings over the years.
I need you to ask yourself these questions. Are we ready to make a stance together? Do you want to try and make these irrigation areas great again? Will you sacrifice some of your time to help yourselves? I know I am willing to but are you?
What do we do well? That is for all of you to decide.
Speak Up 4 Water is hav- ing a rally down in Melbourne on December 14.
This is a start but what I’m talking about is for some serious civil disobedience. Do we block the Newell Highway?
I’m not sure what we need to do exactly but I am damn sure we need to do something.
Your thoughts will be welcome. Yours etc. Jim Muirhead Finley.