A membership drive is being held to strengthen the region’s advocacy efforts, in particular relating to water issues.
The Speak Up Campaign Inc is conducting the drive to raise funds for its ongoing work, which has been ramped up in recent months.
Chair Shelley Scoullar explained Speak Up had recently been incorporated and as part of its expansion plans was calling for individuals, businesses and organisations to join up and support its work.
‘‘The region desperately needs a grassroots organisation with no political baggage to advocate on behalf of our community.
‘‘Speak Up has filled this role for the past two years, and it has become obvious that our advocacy in the water debate is needed more now than ever before.
‘‘I would encourage everyone to consider joining so we can continue our work on behalf of this great community.’’
Mrs Scoullar added Speak Up has also been actively involved in highlighting opportunities and working with like-minded groups and individuals who want to see the region reach its full potential.
‘‘It’s important we not only advocate for what needs to change, but also promote the positives in our region, in particular those involving food and fibre production,’’ Mrs Scoullar said.
Speak Up has developed strong media and political connections since it was established, and these are helping to publicise important community messages.
‘‘This month Speak Up was the only southern New South Wales organisation invited to a meeting in Shepparton with Federal Water Minister David Littleproud.
‘‘We have generated media coverage recently across various print and electronic outlets, including metropolitan and regional newspapers and a number of radio interviews.
‘‘Our next event is a ‘Uniting the Southern Basin’ water forum, which will be held on April 13 in Moama.
‘‘We believe Speak Up is an active and vital advocacy organisation for our community, but to continue and increase our efforts we need funding through the membership drive.
‘‘We look forward to your support.’’