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Newspaper article 'Irrigators question basin authority plan', Daily Liberal, Dubbo, 20 March 2012

AR00278.0007

Newspaper article 'Irrigators question basin authority plan', Daily Liberal, Dubbo, 20 March 2012

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A newspaper clipping with the headline 'Irrigators question / basin authority plan', from page 5 of the Daily Liberal newspaper, dated Tuesday March 20 2012.

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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