Mary's Spanish allies march
THE Mary Valley's international allies in Spain are planning a massive demonstration in Barcelona tomorrow to protest against an issue which both areas have in common – government plans for large-scale interbasin transfers of water.
Save the Mary River Coordinating Group president Glenda Pickersgill took the Valley's message on the Traveston Crossing dam proposal to a receptive international audience when the group had its own stand at the 2008 World Expo in nearby Zaragoza.
Ms Pickersgill said yesterday the demonstration would help focus European Union countries on an issue of increasing importance here and throughout the world.
“The Plataforma en Defensa de l'Ebre organised demonstrations of tens of thousands of people in Barcelona in 2001, 2002, and 2003 in favour of the river Ebro and against the plans the Spanish government had for it,” Ms Pickersgill said.
“This month the PDE and many other social and environmental groups will demonstrate once more to insist that EU rules must be respected on this question for the environmental and socio-economic future of the Ebro and its surroundings.”
One of the big issues of the campaign is a demand that the government allocates a “minimum” environmental flow for the Ebro, an issue of continuing concern to downstream Mary communities.