Griffith To Rally Against Water Buybacks

Written by: The Griffith Phoenix


Griffith’s residents are urged to participate in a Basin Community Rally on Tuesday, November 21.

The rally will form part of a series of simultaneous events held in regional Basin communities opposing the rewrite of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, currently before the Federal Parliament.

Griffith Mayor, Doug Curran said people in the community were furious about the prospect of further buybacks and the fact that they hadn’t been consulted.

“Our town has done its part and suffered the pain of buybacks already,” Mayor Curran said.

“Enough is enough.

“Business and community confidence took a nose dive a decade ago when the Basin Plan landed.

“Real estate values fell, public and private investment dried up and Government agencies compounded the pessimism by projecting a 20 per cent reduction in Griffith’s population.

“This cannot be allowed to happen again.”

National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President, David Jochinke said the rallies were an important demonstration ahead of a vote on the Bill in the Senate in coming weeks.

“They’ve decided to completely rewrite the plan without setting foot in these towns to consult with people,” Mr Jochinke said.

“This is by no means a done deal.

“We’ve got to come together and send a clear message that we can’t just be sold down the river.

“This isn’t just about the farmers, it’s about workers, their families and everyone in these communities whose livelihoods depend on this water.”

The Griffith Basin Community Rally will take place from 12 noon to 1 pm on Tuesday, November 21 in Memorial Park.

The whole community is encouraged to attend this important rally. Visit Council’s Facebook page or for full details.

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