10,000 native fish found dead this week from a blue-green algae bloom in the Darling River is a dire warning of what’s to come after the Federal and State Governments refused last week to guarantee 450GL of water for environment flows.
“Our River system is dying and our environment is in collapse,” Greens Environment and Water spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said today.
“Both the Coalition and Labor parties have failed to stand up to the corporate irrigators and are letting the River die.
“In an era of climate change, we need environmental flows returned urgently if we are going to save the Murray-Darling from collapse.
“There’s no jobs on a dead river, and there’s no future in world where we have no clean water.
“The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is failing to return the water promised and needed to keep the system alive. Every time the Federal government cuts the water to environment in favour of big corporate irrigators and the cotton industry, the River gets sicker.
“Last weeks decision of Water Minister’s to undermine the delivery of the 450GL, by setting criteria that does not consider the health needs of the environment will mean more incidents of mass fish deaths and algae blooms.
“The Liberal-National Party has been doing the bidding for their corporate mates at the expense of retuning water needed to keep the River alive and ensure downstream communities have a healthy water supply."