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Pamphlet 'Lets develop the Murray-Darling Basin', Griffith, 15 December 2011

2013.0040.0030

Pamphlet 'Lets develop the Murray-Darling Basin', Griffith, 15 December 2011

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Physical description

A pamphlet printed in colour on a single page of off-white A4 paper. There is text on both sides of the page beginning with the text 'Citizens Electoral Council of Australia / ...'. The main title reads 'Lets develop the Murray-Darling Basin, / Build the Clarence River Scheme!'.

Statement of significance

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority collection comprises placards, flyers, posters, t-shirts and other protest material collected at water reform meetings held in irrigation towns throughout the Murray-Darling Basin between 2010 and 2012. Collection items are in good condition.

The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's most significant agricultural region. It contains 65% of the nation's irrigated agricultural land. Intensification of irrigation development and industrial farming in the 20th century brought profound changes to Basin river systems. Concerted efforts to address river health at an intergovernmental level began in the 1980s. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority collection records understandings of irrigation community members about the nature of rural/urban relationships. Many of the community meetings held by the Authority between 2010 and 2012 were heated spectacles that generated much media coverage. Placards and posters reveal strategies of farmers, local business operators, and business groups to influence urban voters and reorient the reform agenda. Objects in this collection can be understood as active within complex decision-making processes, with capacities to shape the realities of lives and places.

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