I have been living on the Lower Darling in the Wentworth area since 2009 and have recently moved to Pooncarie, so I have good knowledge of the situation that has been happening with the Lower Darling. I remember attending water related meetings and helping my friend Mark Merritt with the recording of interviews with people along the Darling including Wentworth, Pooncarie, Menindee and Broken Hill. This was about the same time that the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) come into existence, which has been a real big let down for the people and industries ever since.
During this time I have seen a major destruction of the horticulture industry and the disruption caused to livestock operations because of a mostly dry river and an unreliable water supply. Tourism in these areas has also been badly affected along with the decline in population because of the lack of employment opportunities, as well as the negative impact on the natural habitat for the trees, vegetation and wildlife that all rely on a reliable river flow.
Let The River Run
The Lower Darling had been consistently reliable before 2008 and has been depleting rapidly since, until now it is mostly empty. Of course the politicians blame it all on the drought and big cotton say it has nothing to do with them, even though cotton production substantially increased during the 2010 - 2014 period, about the time of a dramatic decrease of flows down stream below the cotton farms. The cotton industry produced about 4 million tones of cotton across the Murray/Darling, so at about 8 ML of water per tone of cotton produced equals about 32000 GL of water used in that four year period, about quarter of the total Murray Darling Basin water supply, just for one type of crop. I am not sure of the percentage of cotton production on the Darling, but I think cotton must have used most of the water that come down the Barwon Darling. During the 2015 - 2018 period water extraction from the Barwon Darling increased substantially, via political means, to such a ridiculous level, that no water at all was coming down past Bourke during that period, this was when the big corporate irrigators got really greedy and selfish.
You know they like to carry on about the water evaporation of the Menindee Lakes, MDBA estimate at 300 GL per year is lost through evaporation and seepage, well that is what lakes are supposed to do for the benefit of the environment, helping to create more localised rain events and replenishing underground streams, creating a huge ecosystem for birds, animals, food production, tourism, employment and the livelihoods of hundreds of people. So what benefit does holding huge storages of water in sterile private dams (that also evaporate and seep) have compared to the Menindee Lakes system, none, just a huge financial gain for a very small number of irrigators.
Ok lets look at the effects of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, which was passed into law in 2012, in that time the Menindee lakes had been drained twice and a 500 million dollar pipeline was built from Wentworth to Broken Hill, to supposedly provide an urgently needed supply of water to Broken Hill as the Menindee Lakes could no longer provide the supply. Well it wouldn’t be able to because an idiotic half whited bureaucracy systematically drain the supply, on purpose, for no logical reason, in a short time, even though there had been two floods down the Murray River, which mostly went out to sea.
Here are the first three key points of the MDBP brochure - You can download the PDF from here.
• Strong and vibrant communities with sufficient water of a suitable quality for drinking and domestic uses (including in times of drought), as well as for cultural and recreational purposes. BIG FAIL
• Productive and resilient industries that have long-term confidence in their future, particularly for food and fibre production. MOSTLY FAIL, I think they must have meant that cotton will be the main industry for the Darling, as they have mostly killed the food one off.
• Healthy and diverse ecosystems with rivers regularly connected to their creeks, billabongs and floodplains. HUGE FAIL
It has definitely been a total failure so far, especially for the Darling, the Communities, Industries and Ecosystems along the entire Darling Barka. All the MDBP has done is the opposite, destroyed it. The people who run this plan do not know what they are doing, I have no confidence in them and I am sure nobody else does except for big agribusiness corporations and their political mates.
An Independent at arms length, No Political Interference, full on Royal Commission is definitely required and I know why they do not want one because the LNP have too much to hide along with their corporate mates. Just like Helen Dalton MP is trying to get a disclosure and a public register of who owns the water and how much they own, especially politicians and the big corporate operators, of course, the LNP did not like this and went all shaky in the knees and tried to discredit Helen Dalton, how pathetic is that, what do they have to hide.
Links to the Corruption, Fraud and Theft of our Water
The following links are reports from independent media through respected journalists who do not pander to the tastes of the Quiet Australians, and are not scared to report on the corruption and collusion that has been going on in regards to water in this country and the involvement of the LNP and their corporate masters.
I will be adding more links regularly and organise them in the best order of relevance I can.
Because the page will grow too long, the next step is to create separate sections for easier browsing.
Newly Added Links
Darling River & Watergate
The Cayman Islands - Tax Haven For Some - Hidden Bank Accounts For Others
The $20 Million Dollar Water Fraud
Ministerial Tampering, Maladministration & Water Theft
Corporate Greed and the Ownership of our Water
Interviews With Concerned People
You can listen to audio interviews recorded by Earthling Studios with concerned people from the Lower Darling HERE The interviews can also be downloaded from HERE 
Tolarno Station have a selection of videos and information towards the fight to save the Darling HERE 
More Mismanagement and Corruption
Numerous Youtube Videos
Here are some links to stories and features exposing the greed, corruption and scams, as well as other interesting information.
All I have done so far, but their will be a lot more added in the near future as I collect them and organise them better.
UPDATED - 15 APR 2020