Concerned Waterways Alliance

 

Let Rivers Be Rivers

The Concerned Waterways Alliance (CWA) is a network of community and environment groups from Gippsland to the Otways. We share a deep concern about the degraded state of southern Victoria’s rivers, wetlands and aquifers, and are committed to improving their health for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Our Purpose

 We are a collective of individuals and community groups united by our shared and deep concern over the deterioration of our rivers, waterways and wetlands and poor water management in southern Victoria.  We come from many different catchments and yet we see the same tragedies unfolding: rivers depleted by over-extraction; wetlands on the brink of collapse due to insufficient flows; groundwater dependent ecosystems drying and dying; and contaminants leaching into our waterways. We come together now to raise a united voice for the rivers and waterways of southern Victoria.

Get in touch with your local Alliance group

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The Victorian State Election is on 26 November.

Now is the time for action.

Please join us in our call for water leadership.

Our election asks

 Southern Victoria’s rivers are in trouble. Long term extraction of water for cities and agriculture has damaged their health and now climate change is taking away their water. Iconic species that call rivers home such as platypus and river blackfish are disappearing from our landscapes, creeks stop flowing more often than they used to, and water quality is on a downward slide. 

The water crisis calls for strong leadership by the next Victorian government.

We need strong water leadership at this year’s State Election. We are calling for the next Victorian government to commit to: 

  1. Water leadership in the climate crisis:  Rivers have already lost up to 20% of their flows and are predicted to lose much more in future as the planet warms. Difficult and courageous decisions must be made in the public interest to end our reliance on rivers and aquifers to supply our water needs.
  2. Measure and monitor all the water we take from rivers and aquifers: Not all water use is measured or accounted for in southern Victoria. This is inequitable for users and damaging to rivers and aquifers. Measuring and monitoring are critical to knowing how much water is taken from our rivers and protecting their health. All water take must be measured and its impact on rivers monitored.
  3. Lock in targets for sustainable water use: We know that the more water we take for human needs, the more our rivers suffer. If our rivers are to have a future, we must take less water from them and reduce extraction to a sustainable level. 

By showing candidates at this year’s Victorian election how important healthy waterways are to Victorians, we can make sure our rivers have the water they need to survive and thrive long into the future.

Please help us deliver the message (see below for full election ask briefers).

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How you can help

PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES

  1. Use this map to find your electorate: https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/findelectorate/
  2. Find your lower and upper house candidates as they are announced
  3. Use this letter template and write to your local candidates

[TEMPLATE CONTENT]:

Dear [name of candidate],

Southern Victoria’s rivers are in trouble. Long term extraction of water for cities and agriculture has damaged their health and now climate change is taking away their water. Rivers have already lost up to 20% of their flows and are predicted to lose much more in future as the planet warms.

Iconic species that call rivers home such as platypus and river blackfish are disappearing from our landscapes, creeks stop flowing more often than they used to and water quality is on a downward slide. Rivers that work the hardest to supply water for human needs are suffering the most.

Crisis situations call for strong leadership by governments. Difficult and courageous decisions must be made to end our reliance on rivers and aquifers to meet an ever-increasing demand for water from a growing population. We must reduce the volume we take or our rivers will pay the price.

I ask you as a candidate at the Victorian State Election to commit to:  

  1. Water leadership in the climate crisis:  Rivers have already lost up to 20% of their flows and are predicted to lose much more in future as the planet warms. We must examine every single option for increasing water supply and reducing the volume we take from rivers and aquifers.
  2. Measure and monitor all the water we take from rivers and aquifers: Not all water use is measured or accounted for in southern Victoria. This is inequitable for users and damaging to rivers and aquifers. Measuring and monitoring are critical to knowing how much water is taken from our rivers and protecting their health. All water take must be measured and its impact on rivers monitored.
  3. Lock in targets for sustainable water use: We know that the more water we take for human needs, the more our rivers suffer. If our rivers are to have a future, we must take less water from them and reduce extraction to a sustainable level. 

I call on you to show water leadership for southern Victoria and commit to these solutions. Let’s all support healthy rivers for healthy communities. 

Sincerely,

[your name]

Election Briefers

Water leadership in the climate crisis
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Lock in targets for sustainable water use 

Measure and monitor all the water we take from rivers and aquifers

Media

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Concerned Waterways Alliance

The Concerned Waterways Alliance acknowledges that the lands and waterways of southern Victoria are the unceded territories of Easter Marr, Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri, Gunaikurnai and Bunurong peoples. We pay our respect to their Ancestors, who cared for Country since time began, and to all Traditional Owners who continue to speak and care for their Country.