Today's media release from a new network says, "The Australian Water Network will link activists, academics and community groups from all over Australia who are working in their local communities and states on the water crisis facing this country."
Maude Barlow has been in Australia this week, and is there today for the launch of this new network.
She is quoted in their media release saying, "This is an historic day for Australia. Consecutive governments, both Federal and State, have yet to recognise and respond to the Australian water crisis with a cohesive plan. They rely on the false gods of private markets and energy guzzling technologies as the crisis deepens into a national emergency."
The Council of Canadians sends its best wishes to the Australian Water Network (and its convenors Bernard Eddy and Denis Wilson) and know it will play a vital role in the fight for the public control of water and in addressing the water crisis.