Sign the Petition: Buy back water to revive the Murray Darling

Time is running out, our rivers are dying. The rivers in the north that feed the Darling are being sucked dry, affecting the whole Murray Darling system and causing wildlife and ecosystems to suffer. The water recovery target for the Murray Darling Basin plan has not been met despite the Plan coming into effect on 1 July 2019. 

The Lifeblood Alliance, which QCC is part of is calling for the buy back of water to revive the Murray Darling. The Lifeblood Alliance consists of environmental, indigenous and community groups committed to keeping the rivers, wetlands and floodplains of the Murray darling basin healthy for the benefit of current and future generation. 

Join us to call on Keith Pitt (Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia) and members of the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council to buy back water to revive our the Murray Darling. 

We the undersigned call on you to give our native fish, waterbirds, wetlands and river communities a fair go.

The Murray Darling Basin Plan came into effect in July 2019 but the full water recovery target has not been met. The shortfall of 47.5 billion litres is well within the 1500 billion litre Cap on buybacks and must be recovered as a matter of urgency.

The quickest, cheapest and most efficient way of recovering this water is by immediately reinstating voluntary water licence buybacks through an open and transparent tender system.

A large percentage of the shortfall is in the Northern Basin where recovered water will benefit the Darling River and communities all the way to the River Murray.

We must Revive our Rivers. We call on you to bring back water buybacks now.

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  • Susan Savage
    signed 2020-05-23 07:20:48 +1000
  • Diann Fountain
    signed 2020-05-22 22:08:27 +1000
  • Fay Jones
    signed 2020-05-22 15:50:52 +1000
  • Cate Clunne
    signed 2020-05-22 12:21:34 +1000
  • Kylie Jones
    signed 2020-05-22 07:46:07 +1000
  • Julie Halls
    signed 2020-05-21 22:49:58 +1000
  • Maria Vandergragt
    signed 2020-05-20 20:07:01 +1000
  • Barry Gauci
    signed 2020-05-19 15:56:17 +1000
    No one should interfere with our rivers they must be allowed to flood and flow the way nature planed, water shouldn’t be owned by none land owners and investors, because of that our sustainable farmers are having to pay ridiculous prices to maintain our food bowl.
  • Wendy Rogers
    signed 2020-05-19 12:33:09 +1000
  • Geoffrey Spanner
    signed 2020-05-19 11:25:52 +1000
  • Colin Garrard
    signed 2020-05-19 11:25:36 +1000
    I think seeing as they should not have been able to buy water, it should be taken not bought
  • Fay Hicks
    signed 2020-05-17 17:53:17 +1000
  • Cilla Kinross
    signed 2020-05-02 14:28:17 +1000
  • Pauline Jones
    signed 2020-05-01 10:28:13 +1000
  • Gillian Pechey
    signed 2020-05-01 10:18:39 +1000
  • Patrick Emblen
    signed 2020-05-01 10:14:52 +1000
    Rivers should be rivers, not just irrigation ditches.
  • Barry Hunter
    signed 2020-05-01 08:25:15 +1000
    Water is not for sale – it is for food production and for the environment
  • joe lihou
    signed 2020-04-30 10:52:04 +1000
    That & stop the rush to draw down water from the Menindee Lakes scheme especially when it is released on top of a flooded system
  • Margaret Gevever
    signed 2020-04-30 01:39:16 +1000
  • Veronica Robinson
    signed 2020-04-29 12:22:00 +1000
  • Karina McLachlain
    signed 2020-04-29 08:12:14 +1000
  • Barbara Nielsen
    signed via 2020-04-28 20:21:32 +1000
  • Ian McGill
    signed 2020-04-27 16:49:50 +1000
  • Brenton Rittberger
    signed 2020-04-27 16:04:18 +1000
    Earth First
  • Greg Merrifield
    signed via 2020-04-27 11:04:56 +1000
  • Von Dekker
    signed 2020-04-26 23:38:34 +1000
  • Michael Guberina
    signed 2020-04-26 18:35:34 +1000
  • Richard Willoughby
    signed 2020-04-26 17:26:44 +1000
  • Glen Hill
    signed 2020-04-25 22:25:19 +1000
    I am a Commercial fisherman in the Lower lakes and Coorong. I see every day the devastation that almost no flow has created. We will lose the Coorong if we don’t reverse this by adding fresh water. The Government must buy back more water for this to be avoided.
  • Barbara Webster
    signed 2020-04-25 16:54:44 +1000
    Water buybacks should only be procured from licences that actually have water available and used most years, and which will add volume to downstream waterways for total river connectivity in the Northern Basin. ie not like the water buybacks the NSW govt has agreed to in the past. The sale prices should not result in company shares (particularly from foreign investments) making profit from our water.

    Water trading as an investment must be returned to land owners only. Get it off the stock market.