Goolwa and the river Murray have been in the news a fair bit recently due to the lack of water in the river.
The lack of water is caused by several factors.
- Over allocation of water upstream for irrigation
- Climate change
- Govt. inaction to deal with the situation
There has been several public rallys at the lack of Govt. inaction.
We need water now
Goolwa Region – Water crisis
The community of Goolwa have had enough of governments inaction about releasing stored water from up river and helping to address the increasing problems along the River Murray in South Australia. A public rally was held on 13th July 2008 to voice our concerns and calling for action.
The first rally held in Goolwa on 13th July 2008 was called ‘Don’t Let Goolwa Die’ and was organised by the local business association and Goolwa Cittislow. It was held at the Goolwa Aquatic Club and it was hoped that 1000 people would show up.
Well!! 3000 people showed up to show their concern about the state of the river and what it is doing to Goolwa people and businesses
Local business people spoke, State and Federal politicians spoke, the Mayor of Goolwa spoke. A lot of talk but no resolution from those who can change things about the release of water held upstream. People came from further up the river as well as the communities around Lake Alexandrina and Albert. It was good to see such a turnout for little Goolwa.
The Hindmarsh Island bridge shows its pylons on the river bed due to the lack of water in the Murray River. The normal river water level is halfway up the concrete skirt.