Need to tread carefully
The organisers of the Can the Plan convoy on December 2 have me worried.
I hope they have a full understanding of the issues surrounding the Murray Darling Basin Plan and have fully considered the consequences of their request. What's the old saying ... "Be careful what you ask for."
While we have had a number of years of Coalition governments, both at the state and federal levels, this will change at some point in the future.
If the plan is scrapped entirely, as the legal environment now stands, the Greens party will have the power to force the Labor party to take more water from farmers for the environment. Right now, an extra 450Gl can be taken, but hopefully that water will be taken from changes to the Southern Lake's management. If the organisers of the Can the Plan rally want to benefit this region, and I am sure that they do, I strongly suggest they recognise what threat Labor and the Greens are to this region without the plan.
I also strongly suggest they work desperately hard between now and December 2 to have a signed commitment from the leader of the Labor party and Greens party at the event stating that they will not take one more drop of water from the Murray Darling Basin for the environment.
With such an agreement in place, I'm sure there will be more traction on getting rid of the biggest waste of taxpayer money I have ever seen.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
Our deepest thanks
We are writing to thank the Albury-Wodonga community for its support of McHappy Day in 2019 - the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The Border community helped us celebrate 28 years of McHappy Day by raising more than $5.9 million for RMHC nationally. These donations will go toward supporting families while their seriously ill or injured child undergoes treatment, helping them to stay together in their time of need.
We want to personally say a big thank you to everyone in the Border community who got involved on November 16, making generous donations, which helped McHappy Day raise more money than ever before.
Fundraising efforts like McHappy Day are vital and ensure RMHC can be there for families with seriously ill children when they need it most.
With so many Australian children requiring treatment, every donation goes a long way to keep families together in their toughest times. You can continue to support families in need by donating to rmhc.org.au all year round.
We sincerely send our thanks again to the local community for all your help on McHappy Day 2019.
Barbara Ryan, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia
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