On behalf of the Speak Up Campaign Inc I would like to express our thanks for the outstanding support the Southern Riverina News gave our recent water forum.
The day was a success beyond all expectations, with a capacity crowd who gave extremely positive feedback about the calibre of speakers and the manner in which the day was organised.
It has provided a significant boost to our Speak Up Campaign, in terms of membership and the important advocacy role we play for the ‘grassroots’ in our community who are being adversely impacted by a flawed Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
We had economists, scientists and community leaders who addressed the forum with knowledgeable expertise and facts, highlighting what many of us already know — this is a political plan, designed with a political agenda.
It is not achieving the balance we were promised, a sad fact that will continue until governments start placing a higher priority on food security and productive rural communities.
Achieving the balance between environmental, social and economic objectives is possible, but not with the current blinkered political approach, nor with a Murray-Darling Basin Authority that is not truly independent, nor openly acknowledges the flaws which need to be fixed.
Many of the solutions were outlined at our water forum and we will continue our attempts to educate politicians and the community at large that there is a better way.
Your contribution through your news pages and effective advertising that helped us to attract such a large crowd, plus the follow-up coverage of the day, is gratefully appreciated.
The SRN has been a valued supporter of the Speak Up Campaign and, as a consequence our region’s community, which we want to acknowledge.
We will continue the fight. Anyone who wants to join us by becoming a Speak Up member should visit our website, www.speakup4water.com.
Chair — Speak Up Campaign