Meeting to discuss Basin Plan and water policy concerns
August 3, 2018
The importance of water to our agricultural community will be high on the agenda at a meeting in Cohuna this month.
It has been organised by the Speak Up Campaign, which is advocating more balanced water policy, in particular through implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
Anyone interested in this topic is encouraged to attend, at the Cohuna Community Room on Friday August 17 from 10am. Morning tea will be provided before the meeting starts at 10.30.
Special guest will be coordinator of the National Carp Control Plan, Matt Barwick. While Speak Up ambassador Greg Toll will speak about his recent trip along the Darling River and the many communities greatly impacted by the drought conditions.
Speak Up chair Shelley Scoullar said their organisation had generated a lot of interest in Northern Victoria, so it was considered appropriate to hold a meeting in this region.
“It seems that whether you are from Northern Victoria, the Goulburn Valley or the New South Wales Murray and Murrumbidgee regions, there are high levels of concern around the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and its implementation.
“There appears a general lack of understanding among many politicians and the general public about the importance of agriculture to our communities, and the importance of water to agriculture.
“Speak Up has been working hard to educate people, as well as lobbying politicians and bureaucrats about the need to effectively balance demands for water.
“At present the environment takes precedence at the expense of agriculture and our communities. We need to change this level of thinking, it does not need to be one or the other” Mrs Scoullar said.
She added Speak Up has been working hard to improve communication to governments and the general public and has met with numerous politicians and bureaucrats, highlighting the importance of a more balanced Basin Plan.
“Last week we hosted a forum in Deniliquin that was addressed by passionate agriculture advocate David Farley. He told us, ‘ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose and negotiated your future, and did not just settle for it’. David highlighted the need for communities to drive change.
“That’s what Speak Up is all about. We refuse to sit back and allow our communities to be adversely impacted by policy that has been developed in capital cities, with insufficient understanding of how it affects us.
“Nor will we meekly watch as political decisions are made that protect marginal city seats at our expense.
“So, if you share similar concerns please attend our meeting in Cohuna,” Mrs Scoullar said.
To RSVP email [email protected] or phone Jodie on 0458 067 617.
The meeting will be held at the Cohuna Community Room, 23 King Edward St, on Friday August 17. Morning tea will be provided from 10am, with the meeting to start at 10.30am.
For further information or interviews: Shelley Scoullar phone 0414 960 785 or email [email protected]