Wa­ter cam­paigner out of work

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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.

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