Mildura Weekly : Friday July 10 2015 Vol 9 No 35
06 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015 • From Page 5 “The weir pool is about a me- tre and a half less in terms of vol- ume than the old one, and that means the actual area of water that we can draw on is less, and also means the water itself will not remain as healthy as long. “It also doesn’t back up the river enough to help other resi- dents, and there are already seven stations without water down- stream of the weir. “And with the river already dry, a lot of farmers have lost their boundary, and have been forced to move stock or build fences to keep stock contained. “We’re talking about dimin- ishing income, with the knock-on effect unbelievable.” Rosie described the scenario facing Pooncarie as “serious,” say- ing Mr Piccoli’s visit had done much to boost the hopes of land- holders “Summer is coming, and we have already had to clear obstruc- tions for fence lines – which costs money,” she said. “The aim be- hind Mr Piccoli’s visit was to com- municate what we need, and the urgency behind our needs. “This is a man-made problem – we can’t blame it on climate change. Farmers are already mov- ing to secure stock, and on my own property we have already out- laid $26,000 to get things happen- ing because we simply can’t wait. “I can’t over-emphasise the ur- gency here, we are in a serious sit- uation, and I am very much hop- ing that we can create a win-win for everyone with Adrian’s help.” Rose said an ideal scenario would include seeing the weir pool raised, while also seeing bore licenses issued to farmers with haste. “What we would like to see is everything fast-tracked,” she said. “Everyone is doing the right thing, and we need urgency. “We need our requests for bores and infrastructure fast- tracked, we need assistance with fencing, piping, tanks, water points etc. “If we don’t get grant assis- tance we won’t be able to get things done, and if our stock doesn’t drink water, they are going to die. It’s as simple as that. “There is the potential that this scenario could ruin our town, and we aren’t the only region af- fected. “Whether you’re on a station or in the town the issue is the same – we’re talking about the se- curity of water. “Unfortunately this entire scenario is a result of mismanage- ment, and this is the third time the river has dried in a 12-year period. “The whole management of the Menindee Lakes system needs to change, and with haste.” Rosie described the Lower Darling region area as “a special place,” and one that needed to be protected. “You do feel like we’ve been forgotten at times, and this place is so precious and unique,” she said. “Emphasis has to go back on agriculture – it must be pro- tected.” Landholders call for water action...now! By VINNIE RODI VICTORIA Police Sergeant Alexan- dra West has been named the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s 2015 Officer of the Year this week, acknowledged for her tireless fund-raising and com- munity work. The Foundation exists to per- petuate the memory of police of- fices killed in the line of duty, with all funds raised injected into public hospitals across Victoria, including here in Mildura. Many hospital wards and equip- ment have been named in honour of fallen officers as a result of fund- raising activities organised by Victo- ria Police, with Sgt West recognised for her commitment to the Mildura community, her community work, and the work she has done in terms of raising money for the Blue Rib- bon Foundation. Sgt West said she had been left “speechless” when receiving the re- ward. “I had absolutely no idea,” she said. “I thought I was there to be ac- knowledged in regards to the Victo- rian Police Netball Club and some fund-raising we had done in regard to the Foundation. “It was only after they started re- ferring to some of the things I had achieved over the past 10 years that I realised they were talking about me. “I’m very honoured and hum- bled by it, and I couldn’t have done it without the assistance of other police officers who have helped me with fund-raising, and bringing at- tention to the good work of the Blue Ribbon Foundation.” Originally from Melbourne, Sgt West said she counted herself “very lucky” to be a member of Victoria Police. • Continued Page 8 Police sergeant ‘humbled’ by Blue Ribbon honour • RECOGNITION: Victorian Minister for Police and Corrections Wade Noonan with 2015 Blue Ribbon Foundation Officer of the Year recipient, Mildura Police Sergeant Alexandra West, during his visit to the region this week.
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