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Coorong taskforce to swing into action after Inquiry.



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Tuesday 23 September 2008

Coorong taskforce to swing into action after Inquiry

The Australian Greens today moved to establish a taskforce to evaluate the options presented by the Senate Inquiry into Water Management in the Lower Lakes and Coorong.

“We have to move from talk to action, and the taskforce will be able to begin that process,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

“This taskforce will spearhead the swift, decisive action needed to stop the lakes and Coorong fading into history.

“We’ve talked about the issues in Parliament and we’ve listened to the evidence in hearings. Once September 30 rolls around, it will be time to develop an action plan to put the solutions to this environmental crisis into place.

“The taskforce will assess the scientific, engineering and economic options for securing the long-term health of the Coorong and Lower Lakes, and direct intervention and remediation as required.”

Senator Hanson-Young also reinforced the Greens’ commitment to rescuing the lower Murray, noting in the Senate today a rally for the river to take place in Adelaide this Sunday 28 September.

The event will take place two days before the urgent Senate Inquiry established by the Greens Senators reports back with its findings, and the weekend before the October meeting of COAG.

“This rally will be held at Adelaide’s Victoria Square to highlight the need to give our thirsty river the drink it deserves,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

“Over the past months we’ve seen communities travel across the state to march on Parliament House, and we’ve seen thousands rally at Goolwa.

“I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with my fellow South Australians again for our River Murray this Sunday.”

Diary Date:

WHAT: Rally for the River

WHEN: 12 noon, Sunday 28 September

WHERE: Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga, Adelaide

MC: Leon Byner, FIVEaa Mornings Announcer

SPEAKERS: Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator for South Australia Matt Rigney, Chairperson of Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations Dr David Patton, University of Adelaide Prof Di Bell, Independent Mayo by-election candidate