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 Diversion of Darling River flows into Menindee Lakes, August 2010

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 Darling River below Menindee, August 2010

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Confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers, August 2002

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Confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers, August 2010

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Earthworks of suspected surface water diversion, Darling catchment

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Intake pumps, River Murray

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Darling River Trilby Station. Photo by Mark Ingram Photography

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The Darling River Louth. Photo by Mark Ingram Photography

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Diversion of the Culgoa River, Cubbie Station. Photo by Google Earth

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Lake Albert, October 2008

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Lake Albert, October 2008

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"When the Big Gum Falls" PDF Print E-mail
A new acoustic version of the CD single that we have been promoting for the last few months is now available for free download, thanks to the generosity of publisher and FWU supporter, Black Cockatoo Music, which has donated the song to help us continue and expand our efforts, advocating revision of the management of the Murray-Darling, based on a genuine care for its environment. The lyrics appear at the foot of this posting.
 
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WHEN THE BIG GUM FALLS (Copyright Black Cockatoo Music 2008)

 

Was a time that paddle wheel

Set her upstream gliding like a ghost

Through the mist and morning light

Now that fine old lady

Left high and dry

Won’t make that trip tonight

 

When the big gum falls

And the farm gate’s locked and chained

In the end we all feel the pain

If the rivers die

 

Shattered earth; no more to give

Lifeblood that grew generations

Flowing strong to meet the tide

Now sly and smiling uptown suits

Hungry for an easy dollar

Are bleeding the country dry

 

When the big gum falls

And the farm gate’s locked and chained

In the end we all share the pain

What’s your alibi if the rivers die?

 

Take a good look outback

See the price we’re paying

Soon we’ll be digging in the dust

Can you hear it saying?

Hey Australia

Got to make big changes

The rivers are dying

Hey politician, what’s your decision?

 

When the big gum falls

And the farm gate’s locked and chained

In the end we all share the blame

You and I, if the rivers die

 

One more big gum falls

Another gate is locked and chained

No drinking if the well runs dry

Or if the rivers die

 

Time for giving back to this forgiving land

 
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Advocating environmentally responsible use of Australia's water

Fair Water Use is an independent and politically non-aligned lobby group,

organised and supported by ordinary Australians who share concerns about Australia's water future

- especially that of the Murray-Darling Basin