We can’t let the rain wash away our resolve

WHILE there are lots of stories around about widespread rain, dams filling to capacity and wetlands coming to life, it is not the time to be complacent, as we all know the current wet period isn’t a lasting fix for the Murray-Darling Basin. 

We, as community members, need to make sure we fight for a strong Murray-Darling Basin Plan to protect one of Australia’s most important natural resources for ourselves and for future generations.

Now is the time to be standing up, talking to our local MPs and make sure water is protected throughout the system – which is not the case in NSW at present, where almost 70 per cent of the total licence volume for the Barwon-

Darling is held by two individual irrigators.

I am an artist, a grandmother and a community member. I don’t understand the science, but I do have common sense. It doesn’t make sense for people to defend their little patch, without thinking about the health of the whole river system. 

Here in the Coorong we need to be just as concerned about the health of the Darling River as we are about the Murray, because one will not exist without the other. 

The whole system is inter-connected. Making sure there is enough environmental water sustains the whole system. 

I read letters to the editor in various newspapers blaming environmental water for loss of income and loss of community members. 

Some say environmental water should be given to industries, but just think how your town and your community will fare if there is a salty dry river with no wildlife. 

We have, through human intervention, damaged the system by taking too much water out of it for too long. 

Now is the time to set diversion limits that are genuinely sustainable – limits that will sustain our rivers, wildlife and communities for the future. 

Rosa Merlino,

Meningie, South Australia

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