A long time agricultural friend suggested I would be interested in the “River on the Brink” Exhibition on display at the SH Ervin Gallery in Sydney. I visited it yesterday. To say the least I was horrified! Not so much by the depictions of the condition of the Darling River, which is bad enough, but more by the not uncommon promotion of the blame factor.
On arrival you are confronted by the following notice-
“Gross mismanagement, greed,” and only one passing reference to “drought”. The whole impression throughout the exhibition is that this is a man-made problem.I believe it can be argued that if there was no irrigation on the Darling and all of its tributaries the river condition would be exactly the same. In the upper Darling and its catchment we are witnessing one of the worst droughts in recorded history. All man can do is pray for rain!