The Vanishing River

Voices From The Darling


     Imagine a river flowing westward across Northern New South Wales,

glistening under the hot sun, teaming with fish and yabbies.

Giant ancient River Red Gums line the banks, all filled with birds of many kinds.


The river is also filled with fallen trees, giant logs and stumps clogging the flow,

lifting water sideways into countless billabongs, lagoons and wetlands all along the river. 

For literally thousands of kilometers wildlife is abundant in every direction. 

There are eagles, kangaroos, emus and goannas cautiously drinking from the water’s edge. 

A soft wind gently cools the scene, rustling leaves and gently stirring the surface of this ageless water flow.  

     The vision is of a long and winding stream of life, following along a path made over half a million years.

A symbol, an icon of the Australian Outback, making its way across the desert along a riverbank 

etched into the soils and the very soul of Gondwanaland.

A solitary envoy bringing Life and renewal to the vast interior of Terra Australis, Earth's driest continent.

Now called Australia. 

For tens of thousands of years, people living along side and because of this river have called it "Baaka". 

     This vision was a reality for half a million years before people arrived, and for fifty thousand years after that.

If you can see this vision in your mind, you need to know, Baaka our The Darling River is not like this now.

Now the Darling is cleared of logs and stumps, the billabongs and wetlands rarely see any water.

And the Barwon/Darling River system (Baaka) is repeatedly pumped out and stopped from flowing at all. 

It has been reduced to a string of polluted and stagnant pools,

often containing farm chemical runoff and toxic cyanobacteria (a.k.a. blue-green algae)

that can kill wildlife, stock and people too. 


    Please try to understand these things. The future of our continent is now on the chopping block.

Global capital, banks and international corporations seem to be doing their best to take it all, permanently! 

Our Darling, Menindee Lakes and the West of NSW is being assaulted terribly by short-sighted and

selfish crimes against the future. It is called "Ecocide"; 

the destruction of ecosystems. 

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-Not Because Of Drought-

The Darling River is empty - but not because of drought

the government and companies have pumped the whole thing out.


People there are suffering, and don't know who to trust, 

they watch their lives, farms and lands, fail and turn to dust. 

Please, listen to their stories, and think, of what to do - 

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Special thanks to Tony Smith for his song and

all the beautiful music used in our interviews. 

The song - "Dying Darling" by Tony Smith - Tony Smith
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A special thanks also to Nerida Healy for the photo on our homepage.