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Farmers take water fight to Melbourne

By Geoff Adams

The Riverina water lobby group, Speak Up, is taking the fight for water justice to Melbourne in December.

It is being organised to co-incide with a meeting of federal and state Water Ministers, known as MinCo, to discuss the next phase of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

MinCo will meet in Melbourne in December, though a date has not yet been announced.

Speak Up chair Shelley Scoullar said rural communities need to unite and leave Ministers in no doubt that they are fed up with being the collateral damage for a poorly implemented plan which is based more on winning marginal seats than protecting the environment.

She said Speak Up is looking for community ‘champions’ who are prepared to help promote and organise rally participants from their particular area.

“We want people from throughout the New South Wales and Victorian Murray regions, the Goulburn Valley, the Murrumbidgee and our city cousins to join us in Melbourne for this rally.

“We need to deliver a loud and clear message that we have had enough of this politically driven, badly implemented plan. It is time governments took decisive action to protect our communities, not destroy them,” Mrs Scoullar said.

The rally comes at an important time in the Basin Plan process, as the MinCo meeting will discuss the social and economic neutrality test around recovering an additional 450 gigalitres of water.

Anyone interested in the rally can contact Mrs Scoullar on 0414 960 785 or email