Irrigators in Support of the Basin Plan
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The health of our precious Murray Darling is in our hands.
The landmark Murray Darling Basin Plan of 2012, enshrined in law to secure the health of our river system is faltering. Leadership on the issue has disappeared, old arguments and grudges stifle progress and the Darling is under serious threat from rogue irrigators and alleged corruption.
Without a healthy, living river system that delivers good quality water, the long term prosperity of our industry is compromised and life as we know it on the river would be so different.
As an irrigator, I cannot stand by and accept that through my industry and the derivation of my own wealth, I leave a debt to future generations and to those down stream of me. As beneficiaries of the Basin's wealth, we hold considerable responsibility to our nation in care taking these special water places. In times of drought, I don't want to pass the burden onto other farmers and towns downstream. I want to be a smart irrigator who can do more with less.
Our industry is a wealthy and progressive one. We are constantly adapting to new challenges and quickly changing markets. Improved commodity prices and greater market access are the keys to our continued profitability, not waging war on the very river that supports us. With a committed and co-operative approach, we have the ability to tackle these problems head on and deliver a fair water future for our whole community.
Let's stop wasting time with the same old arguments, the blame games and argy bargy. Instead, let's work together on how to best implement the Plan - bringing non-compliant irrigators into line, identifying where communities need support, working through issues collectively and imagining a wonderful and diverse future together.
Join me in writing a new chapter in our Basin's history. This is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the story and own the clean green image we so often promote.
Tell Malcolm Turnbull that we will not allow our best hope for a healthy and proud farming future to be washed down the drain.
Unite for Murray Darling.
Support the Basin Plan, implemented on time and in full.
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