Opinion

Work together to revive all life in the Murray-Darling Basin

By Country News

Work together to revive all life in the Murray-Darling Basin

The Goulburn Murray Irrigation District protest shutdown at the Hyatt on Friday (June 8) has exposed their devotion to self-interest.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan was a bipartisan commitment to restore the health of our biggest river system after a decade of drought had brought it to the brink of collapse.

Six years on, both sides of government are gutting the plan faster than a fish out of water in the face of a dry Darling and disappearing turtles, platypus and bird numbers.

My question is: Who will be having the last laugh when short-sighted management leaves communities suffering from poor water quality?

We need to come together and revive all life throughout the basin, from irrigation communities to wetlands, floodplains and fishing hot spots because that’s what a #FairFlow would look like to me.

—Megan Williams

river country co-ordinator

Friends of the Earth