As a number of people around Australia voice their opinion of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Aboriginal people say they are the only ones who can truly speak for the river's health and future. "Who speaks for the river?" is the question posed by Indigenous community members who are making it their mission to ensure the plan has minimal adverse impacts on the Earth's natural resources.
Some Riverina irrigators are feeling positive about their future, but are eager to see an end to a challenging period of change under the Basin Plan. It's lunchtime in Griffith, the unofficial capital of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in the heart of the NSW Riverina. Locals bustle in and out of the town's famous Italian cafes, while smart town cars, dirty farm utes and family four-wheel-drives do the loop of a busy main street, looking for a park. It feels like a place that's doing well.
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is an historic, bipartisan agreement about how to use the water that flows down the nation's longest river system.But it's so much more than that. Farmers, governments and environmentalists have argued for ever over how the water from this giant system should be used.The plan was signed into law by Julia Gillard in late 2012, yet it remains highly controversial.So what is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and why are we still talking about it?
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