"The power of the people can't be denied".
That is how Leeton's Robert Quodling feels when it comes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the upcoming "Convoy to Canberra", which will advocate for the plan to be canned or reassessed.
Mr Quodling is the regional co-ordinator for the MIA for this convoy, which is being facilitated and organised by the Speak Up 4 Water campaign. He is being assisted by Griffith's Leo Ieraci.
The convoy from across basin states will head to the nation's capital on December 2 and 3 for a peaceful protest.
The group will be calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison where they then intend to explain why they believe the Basin Plan either needs to be "ripped up" or paused and fixed.
Mr Quodling, who is also a founder of the Campaigners for Regional Equality, said the passion he felt for the issue was underlined by his love of the MIA and the farmers and irrigators at its backbone.
"I want to help correct a man-made crisis by standing up and helping where I can," he said.
"We need to 'can the plan'. That is obvious to pretty much everyone living this nightmare."
The Convoy to Canberra is open to anyone and everyone who would like to lend their support to the cause and bring attention to the plight of areas such as the MIA.
Residents can join the convoy using their own vehicle, but the use of a bus has also been donated for use in the MIA, leaving from Griffith before making stops in Leeton and Narrandera on the way through to the meeting point at the Yass service centre.
The vehicles from all over will then head to Canberra as they make a bid to show in vast numbers, why this issue has reached boiling point and why it needs addressing now.
Politicians of all walks of life have also been invited to meet and chat with the group during their time in Canberra.
Mr Quodling said farmers across the basin were struggling due to a range of issues, including the plan, concerns with the water trading market and the ongoing drought.
"I can only see the situation getting worse ... and it flows on into our communities," he said.
"This impacts everyone, so we need to stand up and show our politicians that they must have something in place that is going to be beneficial for everyone."
Mr Quodling said rural communities relied on water and without it, nothing else matters.
This is the sentiment he hopes is taken on board during the two days in Canberra.
Residents who would like to be part of the cause, but can't attend on the two days, can also help by donating fuel to the convoy or even items of food to feed those taking part.
We need to 'can the plan'. That is obvious to pretty much everyone living this nightmare.Regional co-ordinator for the MIA Robert Quodling
"Hopefully we can get as many people involved from this area as possible," Mr Quodling said.
"We're asking for businesses to help if they can."
The coach from the MIA will travel to Canberra and back on December 2.
Those not on the bus can choose to be part of the action for either one or two days. Trucks, cars, tractors and machinery can all take part.
For more information on how to participate contact Mr Quodling at email@example.com or 0455 337 349.
Mr Ieraci can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0428 693 415.
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