Protests over lack of government action are expected again this morning at the Goolwa barrage, part of the network of barriers that keep back the sea at the river mouth.
They are quite clear about what they want at Goolwa…water! They won’t give up because it is a complete disaster and it’s one which could have been avoided.The drought has amplified a problem which already existed. Action is what is needed and we are right behind them.People can and do create change by being on the same side and right now nature needs our help. What is happening is neglect at best and case hardened , ignorant bureaucracy at worst. This could have been negotiated and avoided. They are not expecting the river to run because upstream there have been practices robbing the Murray of its water and there has been no consideration of the water flow at all. It has been a selfish approach which has been allowed to go on. Then, in recent years, we have made breakthroughs in technology and practices which would reduce the use of water and which would encourage the growing of better crops for the area. Ecological disasters are usually man made because people just go ahead with their plans and there is no system which will sufficiently keep the checks and balances for environmental health in order. As a species we are very destructive of the very things which sustain us. We can’t provide ourselves with healthy food and we cannot keep our water clean and running. Goolwa needs water and getting the sea water in and creating barriers around the fresh water lakes is the way the locals seem to want to go. It is urgent. Once that part is dealt with there needs to be proper planning for the area so that it thrives.people cannot live in an environment which is so severely depleted and considering Goolwa was one of the places people went to to get happiness and peace of mind, then we need to act…NOW!