Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Steve Posselt kayaks 4 earth on Cry Me A River Journey along the Murray and the Goulburn - what's left of them.


STEVE'S AT IT AGAIN
Cry Me A River Journey
Starts
Saturday 1 August 2009
9.00am Old Echuca Port

This time Steve is highlighting the Goulburn and Murray Rivers. These are rivers under threat. Not least of the concerns affecting this area is the North-South Pipeline or, as the Victorian Government describes it, The Foodbowl Modernization Project.

Steve is a great Networker and Friend of this blog. He has actually promised that while I am pre-occupied with being chief cook and bottle washed at the Australian Quaker Centre during September and October, he will provide The Network with some posts. Anyways, Steve goes on to say:

G’day from me,

Basically this is to give you a “heads up” on the next trip if you are not already aware of it. Details will be on the web site and I invite you to check it out and follow the trip.

This one is going to be very tough physically but it is a bit of a sprint at just over 500km in two weeks. The main problem is that Victoria is cold and wet and most of the trip is upstream against, at times, a 4km/hr current. Seeing as I average 6m/hr on long paddles that is significant.

In two sentences, why am I paddling across Victoria? It is to bring to the attention of Melbourne people what the North South Pipeline means. It is a pipe that I can stand up in without bending, to pump water from the Murray River system, a system that now does not reach the sea and is drying out from the bottom up, receding upon itself, so that people and businesses in Melbourne can use the water once and discharge it to the sea on the other side of the great dividing range from which it came.

This is wrong. It is sheer madness. Due process was not followed. As usual it was a political decision and the water industry is asked to fall in line. On top of this it seems that the Victorian Government has a phobia about recycling water.

I am joining the fight and I ask that you at least go to the web site and follow the trip. We would really love your support.

Steve

PS If you don’t agree with what I have said and you want to give me a serve, go for it.

To contact me ph 0438 138 982

www.kayak4earth.com


CRY ME A RIVER
ITINERARY
(bearing in mind this is an adventure and things may change on the way)


SATURDAY 1 AUGUST

Depart Echuca Port 10.00am
from near paddle steamers,
accompanied by as many boats & canoes as possible,
and Paddle Steamer horns.
Supporters on river bank with placards.
Media Event

WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST

Arrive Shepparton about 4.30pm.
Supporters to welcome at site below.

THURSDAY 6 AUGUST

Depart Shepparton 10AM
Breakfast BBQ 9-10AM
Location-Goulburn River
bank to left of 1st bridge on
Shepparton end of Peter Ross-Edwards Causeway
- take dirt road before crossing bridge.
Media Event

FRIDAY 7 AUGUST

Arrive Murchison 1.00 pm,
at Caravan Park,
then Goulburn Weir at dusk

SATURDAY 8 AUGUST

Paddle weir in morning,
arriving Nagambie mid-day- 12-1PM
meet local supporters on lawns
in middle of Nagambie

SUNDAY 9 AUGUST

Arrive Seymour 3.00pm

TUESDAY 11 AUGUST

Arrive Killingworth 4.00pm
N-S Pipeline pump site.

WEDNESDAY 12 AUGUST

Depart Killingworth 10.00am 9-10AM
Boats in river accompany Steve
200 metres upstream to gravel banks.
Supporters on Goulburn River bank with placards, banners.
Media Event

THURSDAY 13 AUGUST

Arrive Yarra Glen 5.00pm.

FRIDAY 14 AUGUST

9AM 40km down Yarra.
Put canoe in river at Vasey bridge.
Supporters to farewell - banners & placards

SATURDAY 15 AUGUST

40km down Yarra

SUNDAY 16 AUGUST

15km into Melbourne arriving 1.00pm.
Arrive to crowd of supporters and accompanied by other canoes.
Media Event


Click Map For More Detail


Main events for media
Echuca
Saturday 9.00am - 10.00am
Shepparton
Thursday morning 9.00am
(plus Wed night arriving at dusk)
Murchison
Friday mid-day
Nagambie
Saturday mid-day
Seymour
Sunday mid afternoon
Killingworth
Wednesday 9.00am - 10.00am
Melbourne
Finish Sunday 1.00pm


Listen to Steve's Recent ABC Radio Interview
with Joseph Thomsen
Click HERE

Recent Media Involving Steve

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Country News - McPherson Media Group
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Cry Me A River – Pipeline Policy A Real Drag | Friends of the ...
21 Jul 2009 - The folly of the State Government's North-South pipeline water policy will be exposed by author, adventurer and lifelong water-engineer Steve Posselt, ...
River concerns run deep | Local News | Lismore Northern Star
20 Jul 2009 - Steve Posselt (left), of Alstonville, shares his concerns about the state ... Adventurer and water engineer, Steve Posselt, said the river was slowly dying ...
Author Talk with Steve Posselt
17 Jul 2009 - After paddling and dragging a kayak on a gruelling 3000 kilometre journey you might expect river campaigner Steve Posselt to have run out of puff But the .
If it's not nailed down! - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting ...
14 Jul 2009 - Steve Posselt: 14 Jul 2009 10:57:39am. Well said Kellie. I am a civil engineer and have been in the water industry since 1971. ..

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