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Convoy to Canberra co-organisers Lachlan Marshall and Shelley Scoullar are fighting for the future of their community. Source: Speak Up 4 Water

MDBA respond to convoy

MDBA respond to convoy

Convoy to Canberra co-organisers Lachlan Marshall and Shelley Scoullar are fighting for the future of their community. Source: Speak Up 4 Water

MDBA: Protesting won't "turn on the taps"

In response to the convoy to Canberra by farmers and irrigators calling for a pause to the Murray Darling Basin Plan, the Murray Darling Basin Authority says that protesting will not "turn on the taps".

In a statement issued by the authority, CEO Philip Glyde says that implementing the Plan is not easy and not without challenges. However, it remains the best pathway for securing the future.

"Pausing or ditching the Basin Plan wouldn’t turn the taps or pumps on—and it wouldn’t alleviate the pain being felt in these communities during drought."

They did acknowledge that everyone has the right to peacefully protest and to voice their opinion and that it’s important that different viewpoints are part of improving water management in the Basin.

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The 'Can the Plan' convoy brought buses and trucks of protesters from the northern and southern basin.

About 1,000 people, mostly farmers, attended the rally yesterday, with close to 100 trucks in convoy.

Dairy farmer and Canberra rally co-organiser Lachlan Marshall says "in it's current form, the plan is not working."

"In it's current form it needs to be canned. We need to take the time, pause, stop and let's fix this mess. Let's have a look at the plan we've got" says Marshall.

The full statement from the MDBA can be read HERE

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