A video explaining the dire predicament of the Darling River has gone viral on social media with 236,000 views within in less than 2 days, indicating great public concern about the state of the Darling River and over allocation of water to upstream irrigators.
NSW Greens water spokesman Jeremy Buckingham made a five and a half minute video explaining many of the current issues impacting on the Darling River and the farmers, communities and environments that rely on it.
“It has absolutely been going off on Facebook, with heaps of people sharing it to their friends and expressing their concerns for the health of the Darling River. Views are still going up at a rate of knots!” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“It’s clear that, while the Darling river is out of sight for many, there is still a great deal of concern about the health of the river and the impact too much upstream irrigation is having on communities and the environment.
“Water issues can be very confusing and complex, which is why I wanted to make an explainer for the public to understand what’s been going on. The reaction has been fantastic, with many people viewing the whole five and a half minutes of video.
“The complexity of water issues makes it easy for mismanagement, fraud and corruption to sneak in and I am pleased that this is now being exposed by the media and some inquiries.
“Many of the comments from viewers ask why so much cotton is being irrigated in a dry continent. Others vent their frustration at the failures of governments to properly manage water, or what they see as the National Party colluding with irrigators.
“The Greens are calling for a federal Royal Commission into the administration of the Murray Darling Basin.”
30 November 2017