1000 rally in Al­bury

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Al­bury’s cen­tral CBD halted to a stand still yes­ter­day when more than 1000 peo­ple de­scended on the re­gional city to de­mand a pause of the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan.

An es­ti­mated 137 trucks trav­elled through the town dis­play­ing mes­sages which pleaded with the Fed­eral Govern­ment to save basin food bowls be­fore it’s too late.

The rally, co­or­di­nated by Voices for Far­rer, cen­tred on Al­bury’s QEII Square off Dean St.

Far­rer’s two main con­tenders for the pend­ing elec­tion — in­cum­bent Lib­er­als mem­ber Sussan Ley and the Voices for Far­rer backed In­de­pen­dent Kevin Mack — ad­dressed the crowd as part of the rally.

One at­tendee told the SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS, Ms Ley ‘‘prob­a­bly faced her most hos­tile re­cep­tion ever dur­ing her 18 years as the fed­eral mem­ber, with some hold­ing plac­ards right in her face and many peo­ple boo­ing’’.

Other speak­ers in­cluded South­ern Rive­rina Ir­ri­ga­tors deputy chair­man Darcy Hare and Speak Up Cam­paign chair Shel­ley Scoullar.

Voices for Far­rer founder and Ba­rooga farmer Chris Brooks said it is clear the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan ‘‘is not work­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment or com­mu­ni­ties’’.

His daugh­ter and fel­low farmer Carly Mar­riott said she got in­volved in the rally to tell the ‘‘wa­ter pol­icy mega­lo­ma­ni­acs to lis­ten up’’.

‘‘I’m a farmer in the Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion dis­trict. We just led a grass­roots re­volt in the New South Wales elec­tion, ousted the Na­tion­als and re­placed them with our own lo­cal wa­ter war­rior (Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers’ He­len Dalton).

‘‘I want to make it very clear for those of you who make and en­force wa­ter pol­icy. Family farm­ers come with a his­tory for the en­vi­ron­ment and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for sea­sons, and in­ge­nu­ity that en­sures the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.’’

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