Call to unite on water policy

By Country News

A united approach to future water policy is needed, according to the Speak Up Campaign, with key organisations getting together to address concerns.

Following on from the group’s crisis rally in Deniliquin late last month, which discussed concerns regarding drought and a lack of water allocation, the group has engaged with key stakeholders.

Speak Up chair Shelley Scoullar said there had been strong grassroots community support for developing a more collaborative approach to addressing issues of concern.

‘‘We agreed a forum involving various stakeholders was the first step towards setting future direction,’’ Mrs Scoullar said.

The forum included representatives from Edward River, Berrigan and Murrumbidgee shire councils, many irrigation and farming representative groups, plus other stakeholders including Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

‘‘It was generally acknowledged that a collaborative, regional approach to addressing issues affecting the NSW Murray, especially around water policy, is imperative,’’ Mrs Scoullar said.

‘‘Those present agreed to meet again in a fortnight to further plan an effective pathway forward.

‘‘We are looking forward to ongoing positive dialogue to ensure our community’s united voice is heard across our regions, capital cities and, importantly, in political circles.’’