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 Diversion of Darling River flows into Menindee Lakes, August 2010

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 Darling River below Menindee, August 2010

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Confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers, August 2002

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Confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers, August 2010

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Earthworks of suspected surface water diversion, Darling catchment

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Intake pumps, River Murray

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Darling River Trilby Station. Photo by Mark Ingram Photography

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The Darling River Louth. Photo by Mark Ingram Photography

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Diversion of the Culgoa River, Cubbie Station. Photo by Google Earth

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Lake Albert, October 2008

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Lake Albert, October 2008

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AUSTRALIA'S WATER IS NEITHER A POLITICAL NOR A CORPORATE RESOURCE

Fair Water Use is an independent and politically non-aligned lobby group, organised and supported by ordinary Australians who share concerns about Australia's water future - especially that of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Further details HERE

 
Wentworth Group slams latest version of Proposed Basin Plan:

The following review of the latest offering from Craig Knowles' MDBA largely validates  FWU's long-held concerns about the true intent of the Basin Plan, and is published in full:

 

 

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"This is the third attempt by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to produce a proposed Basin Plan. This latest version reinforces the fact that if you start with shoddy foundations you will end up with a shoddy house. In the case of the proposed Basin Plan, some things get worse with each iteration.

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UNRAVELLING THE PROPOSED BASIN PLAN

27th March 2012

Of late, and as previously advised, FWU has largely been media-silent with respect to the proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan. As soon as the draft plan was released, we made the decision to wait until the period of cage-rattling (aka public consultation) had died down somewhat, as it was clear that the level of media noise would prevent discussion of fundamental concerns, of relevance to all Australians, contained within the Proposed Basin Plan.

This should not be taken as an indication of lack of activity at FWU. We have been hard at work behind the scenes with a range of initiatives, particularly in undertaking a detailed review of the Proposed Basin Plan: Sad to say, the volume of paperwork produced by the Authority is matched by the degree of imprecision and inequity contained therein.

We are collaborating with the Water Action Coalition to produce what will be a most comprehensive critique of the Proposed Basin Plan, and one which will expose the Basin Plan for what it truly is – a tool to expand and entrench the corporatisation of Australian water and to promote its privatisation.

- Watch this space

 
WATER POLICY: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

Given the heated debate on the upcoming Basin Plan and water policy in general, Fair Water Use is keen to know your thoughts on these issues. Please take a moment to complete a brief questionnaire, as it will assist us in prioritising our efforts:

 

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Fair Water Use cosignatory to UN submission

"We, the under-signed organizations, representing civil-society organizations and social movements from around the world, call upon the members of the UN NGO Committee to reject the application of Aquafed, the International Federation of Private Water Operators, for United Nations ECOSOC consultative status at the May 16-24, 2011 session of the committee."

Full submission may be viewed HERE

 
FWU Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Provisions of the Water Act 2007

 

 

 

FWU is concerned that this Inquiry will recommend amendment to the Water Act 2007, to allow the Commonwealth to downgrade its commitment to the environment of the Murray-Darling river system, to placate an outspoken section of the irrigation community.

 

Our submission addresses these important issues . . . .

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National Commission of Inquiry

Excellent rains have provided welcome relief for the Murray-Darling. 

However, unless we learn from our mistakes, and more importantly those made by the administrations and institutions responsible for the river system, it will only be a matter of a few short years before the situation is as grim as it was until recently. 

The draft terms of reference for a National Public Commission of Inquiry into the Murray-Darling crisis (NPCI) produced by Fair Water Use are even more relevant now.

We have provided The Hon Tony Burke, the new Minister with responsibility for water, with a copy of this document and await his comments.

 
Gross value of agricultural commodities and related irrigation data 2005-2006*

* All calculations based on data obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

 

Water Use
National
(Billion litres)

Value
National
($ AU)

Litres irrigated / $ AU generated
(National)

Water Use
Murray Darling
(Billion litres)


All commodities

<  11,000  

37.3 billion 

295 

7,400

All crops 

7,850 

19.6 billion  

400

5,400 

Cotton 

> 1,730  

< 1 billion  

1828

> 1,500 

Rice 

> 1,250 

1/4 billion  

4569

>1,250  

Non-rice grains 

< 700 

7.4 billion 

228

< 625  

Wheat 

 

5.1 billion  

 

 

 
"When the Big Gum Falls"
A new acoustic version of the CD single that we have been promoting for the last few months is now available for free download, thanks to the generosity of publisher and FWU supporter, Black Cockatoo Music, which has donated the song to help us continue and expand our efforts, advocating revision of the management of the Murray-Darling, based on a genuine care for its environment. The lyrics appear at the foot of this posting.
 
DOWNLOAD "WHEN THE BIG GUM FALLS" :  HERE 

If you do download the single, please consider making a donation to FWU via the secure PayPal service:

 

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Advocating environmentally responsible use of Australia's water

Fair Water Use is an independent and politically non-aligned lobby group,

organised and supported by ordinary Australians who share concerns about Australia's water future

- especially that of the Murray-Darling Basin