The importance of water to the Southern Riverina is being highlighted in a booklet being produced by the Speak Up campaign.
It will include information on the value of productive water to the regional economy, as well as environmental benefits which productive water can achieve.
Speak Up spokesperson Shelley Scoullar said educating the general public about the value of water was a key objective for the organisation.
‘‘When Speak Up was established nearly two years ago we wanted to improve public understanding of the link between water availability and food and fibre production,’’ Ms Scoullar said.
‘‘We have also focused on trying to get greater understanding of the issue among our politicians, many of whom live in capital cities and struggle to grasp the importance of good water policy to our nation,’’ she said.
‘‘We want our booklet to provide a positive educational vehicle to help people realise that it is possible to achieve an effective balance between productive and environmental water needs.’’
The booklet, titled Food Grows Where Water Flows, will be distributed across the Southern Riverina, with copies available for visitors to the region and sent to politicians and other government organisations.
‘‘Our aim is to include factual information about the value of water to our communities, including personal stories and real life examples of its benefits,’’ Mrs Scoullar said.
Speak Up is working in conjunction with Deniliquin Newspapers Pty Ltd to publish the booklet and sponsorship is being sought to offset production and distribution costs.
■Anyone wishing to advertise in the booklet can phone Deniliquin Newspapers managing editor Sam Hall on 0408 425 777 or email [email protected] or phone Shelley Scoullar on 0414 960 785 or email [email protected]