Convoy to Canberra
November 3, 2019
Food producers and their supporters demanding action to save farmers and rural communities will converge on Canberra early next month.
A Convoy to Canberra is the latest event to try and convince the Coalition Government, in particular Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Water Minister David Littleproud, that current water management is failing our nation.
They are calling for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to be paused and fixed.
While an increasing number of politicians can see the damage being caused to farmers and rural communities by the plan, the Government refuses to acknowledge the disaster and take proactive steps to repair it.
The convoy will gather participants before assembling in Yass on Monday December 2, then continue on to Canberra as one to arrive early afternoon.
A ‘water embassy’ will be established, which politicians from all parties can visit and learn more about what the current water management and policies are doing to regional Australia.
Co-organiser Chris Brooks, who recently led a rally attended by more than 3,000 people in Tocumwal, said the convoy is the latest in a series of events designed to highlight why the plan has failed our nation, and what we can do to fix it.
“We want trucks, tractors on truck, utes and cars to join us on the road to Canberra.
“If Mr Morrison won’t come out and look at the damage to our communities from their disastrous plan, we’ll take the message to him.
“There is an increasing number of National Party members – those who have the courage to stand up and not simply toe the party line – who believe it is time to take action that protects our farmers and rural communities.
“We’ll stand side by side with any politician who is prepared to call out this crazy plan for what it is: an attempt to appease environmentalists and win South Australia votes, at the expense of communities in southern New South Wales and northern Victoria,” Mr Brooks said.
Organisers want communities from across the Southern Basin to participate in the convoy. This includes the Goulburn Valley, Northern Victoria, NSW Murray and Murrumbidgee regions.
It is also seeking regional coordinators to assist in organisation of the convoy.
“As peaceful country folk we are not going to be aggressive protesters like we have seen in the past week in Melbourne. However, we are angry and getting more angry by the day, so we’ll be making our points loudly and clearly.
“We are fed up with inaction by the Federal Government, especially from Mr Littleproud and the Environment Minister Sussan Ley.
“Last month the National Party’s Member for Nicholls Damian Drum highlighted problems with the Basin Plan and its implementation, accurately describing the Murray-Darling Basin Authority as being ‘biased toward the environment and totally disinterested in the plight of agriculture’.
“Last week the New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro acknowledged his state was ready to not just pause the plan, but ‘rip it up’, because of the hurt is causing the state.
“It is time Mr Morrison and Mr Littleproud listened to what their colleagues are saying. We hope to have lots of honest, hard-working country people waiting to talk to them when we converge on Canberra,” Mr Brooks said.
Anyone interested in being a regional coordinator is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Jan Beer on 0407 144 777 or Darcy Hare on 0437 794 723.
For further information or interviews contact: Jan Beer 0407 144 777, Chris Brooks 0419 505 404 or Darcy Hare 0437 794 723