Dharriwaa Elders Group is alarmed about the impacts on Walgett's wellbeing from the mismanagement of water in the Murray Darling Basin.
DEG's Secretary Virginia Robinson signed the organisation's brief submission to the Dept of Agriculture's invitation to comment on the Draft Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan
UNSW Engineering visited Walgett in September, through Dharriwaa Elders Group's Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership with UNSW. Before they arrived, Dharriwaa Elders Group had prioritised
Acclaimed artist Reko Rennie returned to Walgett October 2018 to develop a new project for Dharriwaa Elders Group. DEG was pleased to facilitate some reunions with his Walgett mob
Dharriwaa Elders Group invited Walgett's ACCOs (Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations) to meet the newly arrived Acting General Manager of Walgett Shire Council,
DEG stated that "Many properties surrounding Walgett are overcleared already. This overclearing must be investigated and the environment compensated. Environmental scientists who know our region must be engaged by an independent investigation of existing and past environmental breaches and to undertake an independent review of the regulations, which must be changed according to their recommendations".
Other questions asked included "Are you confident that the NSW Government is acting appropriately in its role with the Commonwealth in the application of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) when current allegations that imply high level corruption are being investigated, and NSW agencies are reducing environmental compliance resources?" and "Because the new laws are allowing the farmers to either not seek consent or self-assess their Actions, this now allows large new areas to be cleared; including clearing that may impact on matters of National Environmental Significance under the EPBC Act. How can you know that farmers are capable of interpreting the Act and complying with it?"