The Vanishing River - 

Voices From The Darling

Although engaging and compelling, 

the interviews below

are NOT entertainment,

they are serious, very serious. 

An ever increasing and multiplying crime against our people and our Habitat has been occurring for decades right under our noses.

Every Australian needs to know about and understand these crimes,

or they will be continued

until there is a total collapse 

in society and the ecosystems

that support us all. 

This website shares with the world, voices of people

who actually live along the Darling River and

Menindee Lakes in Australia


Please make the time to hear about

the zero river-flows affecting 

peoples lives, environments and communities. 

This could be the most important issue

we have ever faced, as individuals,

and as a global community.

 This site is best viewed on a large screen or laptop computer.


Reading all the text on all five pages of this site, without clicking on any BLUE or other coloured links, will give you a good start in understanding the issues here. 

Then begin to explore the site as you listen to

the interviews below, on this page. 

The Networks & Links page is full of links to information pages and YouTube content related to the national water issue. 

This is a link to the

Download Page

where you can download the podcasts of these interviews to your own computer or device. 

"The Future"

The future is not some place we are going to,

it is a place we are creating. 

The paths to it are not found, they are made, 

and the activity of making them,

changes both the maker,

and the destination. 

                                                         - Anonymous  

To understand

what water does -

is to better understand

our world,

and what Life is.


Water is part

of The Earth -

and does not

belong to people,

and definitely 

not to governments

or the banks! 

Australia's large dams

are largely full of

private property,


publicly shared 



When the fires subside and the world

is filled with smouldering embers 

and things that have died in flames,

we realise,

it was, and still is,

all about water? 

Trees and all plants

bring water

to our world.

Bare Earth and cleared lands bring 

dust death

and misery. 

Barry Stone

Employment Agent,

lives on Lake Menindee.  

Behind him, 15 kilometres of

dry lake-bed to the other side. 

"We out here are looking at

total destruction of

the outback of New South Wales, total destruction. 

And, I'd like to say

to the city fellas, we are

not bullshitting you here. 

We are living it !"

Barry Stone & Mark Merritt 33m57s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Kelly Norris

 Cafe Manager &

Youth Wrangler - Wilcannia 

"Let's fix this together, Australia. 
Its our country, our people.
Let's look after them."
Kelly Norris & Mark Merritt 12m23s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Outback Mick & Nugget Caretakers - Menindee Caravan Park

"They're killing our river.
They're not only taking our water....
they're poisoning and
polluting it too."
Outback Mick & Mark Merritt 12m58s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Sarah Moles

Author - Warwick Qld.

"I'm watching this space with bated breath, because I know there is more to come, and I can't wait, for a very bright light, and a very, very forensic examination to be made of what exactally has gone on."

Sarah Moles & Mark Merritt 13m15s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00
Sarah Moles - 2018 Peoples Tribunal 13m24s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Cathryn Milne

Student and Environmentalist


"We need a royal commission NOW and a grass roots human movement."
Cathryn Milne & Cath Eaglesham 14m47s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Tony Smith

Darling River Man - Wentworth

"Jail time, to make people realise you can't mess with nature. 

A royal commission is the only way

to get to the bottom of it."

Tony Smith & Mark Merritt 15m49s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Kevin Davey

Remembers the healthy

Darling of the old days

"We're in trouble, we've got to wake up to ourselves"
"We used to get yabbies
as big as beer bottles."
Kevin Davey & Mark Merritt 12m9s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Dr. Beryl Carmichael

Indigenous Elder - Menindee

"It's a rights violation
of all life forms"
Beryl Carmichael & Earthling Studios 12m35s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Darriea Turley

Mayor of Broken Hill

"What we need to do is stay focused on the health of the Darling River."
Darriea Turley & Earthling Studios 23m25s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Graham Clark

Barkindji Elder,

Lower Darling

"Whatever happened -

to the river ?

Whatever happened

to our land ?"

Graham Clarke & Cath Eaglesham 12m22s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Rachael Strachan

Farmer - Tulney Pt. Station, Lower Darling

"They are killing
the womb of the basin."
Rachael Strachan & Earthling Studios 20m10s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Dr. Michelle Maloney

Australian Earth Laws Alliance

"Rights Of Nature and Earth Laws wants to shift the current dominant legal system so that it actually respects life".

Michelle Maloney AELA & Susie Peake 12m34s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00
Michelle Maloney AELA & Mark Merritt 32m54s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Sharon Corkery

Manager - Tilpa Pub

"There's a lot of anger..there's just pure disgust and a lot of sadness - because it's their livelihoods."
Sharon Corkery & Cath Eaglesham 11m - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Trevor Mallon

Ex-Miner - Menindee

"I even give my dog rain water.  That's how bad the river is."  

Trevor Mallon & Earthling Studios 11m28s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Bradley Hardy

Ngemba Educator, Brewarrina

"The river is our community.  Without the river we have no community.  We need to come together to fix these things."
Bradley Hardy & Mark Merritt 12m21s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Kate McBride 

Wool-Grower & Student

Tolarno Station - Lower Darling

"I've watched in my lifetime,

an entire town being destroyed .."

- Menindee did have a population of over 1000, and up to 500 seasonal workers,

Up to 300 tourists per day 

signed the visitors book.

Today the population is just over 300. -

Kate McBride & Mark Merritt 13m11s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Ross Files

Born in Menindee -1939

"When you destroy a river, you destroy

all the people on it."

Ross Files & Mark Merritt 21m12s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Robert McBride 

Wool Grower - Farmer 

Darling River Guardian

"The Prime Minister must run a Federal Royal Commission, if he doesn't then the Darling River system will collapse and die, as will The Murray."

Rob McBride & Mark Merritt 20m2s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Jacqui Pasquale

Educator - Wentworth

"We don't want to live on a river that's got no water in it."
Jacqui PasQuale & Mark Merritt 12m18s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00
Jacqui Pasquale & Cath Eaglesham 13m25s - Earthling Stusios
00:00 / 00:00

Cherry & Don Cullinan

Wentworth, in western NSW

where the Darling and

Murray Rivers should meet.

Photo - Boat, by a dry 

Lake Menindee, 

15 kilometres to the other side. 

Where is the water now ??? 

"If we could stop the greed with

these big Cubby Stations,

that's where the problem lies.

A Federal Royal Commission would be a lot better off - same as the banks, 

if they got into it, delved into it 

properly they would find

heaps of problems."

Don and Cherry Cullinan & Mark Merritt 18m11s - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00

Rights of Nature Legislature and legal protection over

life supporting ecosystems 

are needed if we are to realise a future on

our fragile Earth. 


The fish-kills at Menindee were not

about the drought,

they were and are about

the legal yet immoral 

over allocated extraction

of water by irrigators;

farm chemical runoff and chronic water and land pollution. 

The proof

is in Menindee weir

and Lake Wetherill 

right now. 


All governments seem to be deliberately ignoring the most probable cause of the problem -  the fertilisers and other farm chemical runoff that is coming from massive irrigation operations in the upper Darling catchment. 

The same scenario,

blue-green algae outbreaks

and fish-kills,   

are starting to be seen

along the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee Rivers too, where flood irrigated agriculture 


have been starting up

in recent years. 


The three interviews below

are related to the first

fish-kill of around ten thousand

fish on December 19th 2018. 

The people in them

had no idea that in just three weeks there would be

millions of rotting fish floating

in the centre of their town, Menindee.

Barry Stone, on 1st Menindee Fish-kill 19-12-18 - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00
Barry Helms on 1st Menindee fish-kill 19-12-18 - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00
Dr Beryl Carmichael on 1st Menindee fish-kill 19-12-18 - Earthling Studios
00:00 / 00:00
This fishkill was a local, regional, national, international
and global disaster. 
What kind of supreme bastardry has been dished out
over the past 20 years,
to the ecosystems and
people along the Darling,
Menindee & Broken Hill ? 
Is this about
firstly killing off
and then mining out 
The Menindee Lakes ? 
How did this happen ?
Only the M.D.B.A. and a Federal Royal Commission will ever find out what has really been going on with "The Money" & "The Water" 
over the past 20 years. 
Please read all five pages
on this site,
then explore it
to find out more,
starting at the interviews
with people who live where there once was a river.
And please share this with
anyone who may care.

The evaporation and groundwater 

absorption of  Menindee Lakes

when full, is said to be about 

350 gigalitres per year, or 1 gig./day. 


That's one billion litres per day.

This evaporation and the corresponding underground aquifer recharge and condensation has supported life in the west 

of New South Wales

for over 500 thousand years.


To stop the Darling River flowing, 

drain Menindee Lakes and prohibit this vital absorption, evaporation and condensation,

just to generate capital profits 

is not only selfish,

it is environmental vandalism

of the highest order.

It is a crime against our future,

it is a classic case of "Ecocide".

 If continued 

it's very likely to unleash an atmospheric, geologic and social nightmare,

that will affect every Australian

for many generations;

if not permanently.

- - - - - -

The Menindee Lakes and a

flowing Darling River

soaks down into the Earth,

filling vital underground aquifers 

that carry water throughout the region.

This seems to be totally overlooked

by irrigators, NSW Water

and the Murray Darling Basin Authority, 

as they continue to allow the retention

and extraction of every last drop of water

for northern-basin irrigation operations. 

Eventually a federal royal commission

will find a way to understand the effects of water-trading on our land,

our wildlife and on our people. 

It is futile for governments

to resist this. 

The longer it takes the federal government 

to make such a commission,

the closer we all get to civil disruption

unseen in Australia since 1854. 

And if you don't believe that,

go out there and talk to the people

who have had their ONLY truly sustainable 

supply of water CUT OFF

by the selfish and shortsighted.

Link to - ABC TV - 4Corners - "PUMPED

The show that highlighted the tip of the iceberg. 

Link to - 4Corners - "CASH SPLASH"

The show that shows a bit more of the tip of the same iceberg.