We Demand Protection of the unique Lower Macquarie River Country
January 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
Demand for the Protection of unique Lower Macquarie River Country
- We demand that this unique floodplain property’s development be subject to the strictest scrutiny and oversight.
- We demand that there NOT be damming of the Macquarie River.
- We demand that ecologically sustainable farming methods be employed which accommodate wildlife and address downstream stakeholders concerns.
- We demand that local labour be used in farm work.
- We demand an immediate cessation of all clearing until a proper environmental and Aboriginal cultural assessment with community consultation has been implemented.
The Lower Macquarie river area includes the confluence where the Barwon river, the Castlereagh river and Marthaguy creek meet the Macquarie river turning into a river bed that is 30 feet deep compared to its mere 10 feet depth at Carinda (about 35kilometres away).
This is a unique part of the Murray Darling Basin where the Macquarie river leaves the Ramsar Protected Macquarie Marshes and runs into the Barwon river. When these water systems converge the flood plain area is at least 3000 hectares. It is highly fertile soil that supports prime beef, sheep , cotton and wheat production. It is an area known for high rates of the red kangaroo, emus and bird life that comes from the Macquarie Marshes.
Currently this area is subject to being decimated by a large Agribusiness corporation that appears to be preparing it for large scale irrigation and wheat production.
Land clearing is a necessity for food and fibre production, however when the environment is not considered in future development plans it can be catastrophic to endangered wildlife species. There are reports from previous owners and local aboriginal people of potentially important indigenous historical evidence and the question of Aboriginal heritage sites should be raised. The opportunity to evaluate or remove items of heritage importance will be lost to the unseeing blade of the bulldozer as wholesale clearance for large scale monocultural cropping takes place without appropriate oversight.
A mosaic plan whereby farming and environment work together is the the future Australian agriculture should be modelled on.
In the last twelve months the properties known as Brewon Station,Deenderah, Glenacre, Riverview, Larrimah and Wombullion ( about 130,000 acres) that are all owned by the same Australian agricultural conglomerate have been cleared at a rapid rate including virgin growth such as native Mitchell grass, native trees such as Box and Coolabah trees.
As of December 28th 2014 Glenacre appears to be being prepared for cotton development. Green trees and dead growth that is crucial for snakes and lizards were being burnt, bulldozers were pushing trees down.
The Public must demand that our state government ministers stop all clearing immediately by this developer until he can produce a EIS, produce evidence he has not breached environmental protection laws and also produce Aboriginal heritage reviews of this unique part of the Murray Darling Basin.
The Public must demand to know if this developer has intentions to dam the Lower Macquarie River..
The Public demand that this developer not benefit from any environmental grants until he proves he has complied with all EIS on all of his properties.
The Public call for environmental consultants such as Western Land Planning in Dubbo to support the public in ensuring this developer will work with the environment and comply with the Law.