Letter to the Editor in The Daily Examiner 6 October 2012:
I have noticed a growing number of correspondents expressing concern about the Clarence River, specifically about those who would dam it and divert our water inland or to Queensland.
I reiterate my rock solid commitment to 'Not A Drop', the slogan we all adopted from The Daily Examiner's highly successful 2007 campaign against such moves.
I simply will not allow it, and the Australian Government, as expressed many times through the Leader of the House Anthony Albanese in Federal Parliament, will not allow it.
I wanted to put this firm policy stance on the public record again, for the benefit of people among us who have moved to the Clarence Valley in recent times.
I am sure that these new residents will be surprised and shocked to hear that many vested interests have tried this on for years.
I have urged locals to make submissions to the NSW Legislative Council's Standing Committee on State Developments' current inquiry into the adequacy of water storages in New South Wales.
While the closing date for submissions was August 31, the inquiry is prepared to take late submissions for another six weeks. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The primary contact is Cathryn Cummins on 02 9230 3528. I understand the inquiry will hold further publics hearings in Wagga Wagga and Sydney in November and possibly more hearings early next year.
One thing I can be sure of is that there will be some of the regulars who want to raid our water supply - the mighty Clarence.
I call them the River Raiders; they seek every and all opportunity to lay claim to our river.
I thought it was a big worry when the NSW National Party's 2008 State Conference resolved to "support greater efforts to reduce the amount of eastern water lost to the ocean and campaign for more in-depth investigations into finding ways to turn this water inland." - Tweed Daily News, June 16, 2008.
I urge Clarence Valley residents to be watchful of anyone who would have designs on tampering with our most precious natural resource - water.
Janelle Saffin MP
Federal Member for Page