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Members for Mildura and Shepparton on fact-finding mission to Darling

July 10, 2019

The Victorian State Independent Members for Mildura and Shepparton, Ali Cupper and Suzanna Sheed, will be conducting a fact-finding mission along the Darling River over the next four days.

Both members will be meeting with stake-holders along the troubled Darling River including farmers, tourist operators and community leaders to discuss the ongoing issues with the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The mission will take in the townships of Mildura, Wentworth, Pooncarie and Menindee as well as homesteads and farms along the way.

Darling River community members have been responsive to requests for meetings and it is anticipated dozens of planned conversations will take place.

“Those of us impacted by the Murray Darling Basin Plan have many common concerns. While these issues vary substantially, the common theme is our collective communities are suffering,” Ms Sheed said.

“We all saw the vision of the fish kills and what the lack of flows has done to the Darling River. I would like to listen to the locals and hear their views on what all of this means to them and their river.

“Ali and I are conducting this fact-finding mission to better understand the problems facing our lower Darling River neighbours, to share our own experiences and establish ways we can advocate together for all our communities.”

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Media contact

Myles Peterson 0467 035 840│myles.peterson@parliament.vic.gov.au

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