We need water now! – Goolwa Region water crisis

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.

  • Drought
  • 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

Goolwa is the last port on the River Murray before it exits to the ocean and due to drought and overuse of water allocation throughout Australia the River Murray has been slowly drying up.
At Goolwa the river is now below sea level. The Murray Mouth has had dredges at it keeping the mouth open for 5 years. The salinity of the river is now the equivilent of 50% sea water. Acid soils are spreading along the river banks. The river has stopped flowing.

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

Rally participants

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.

To see other pics of the rally

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.

Hindmarsh Island bridge