If ever there was an opportunity to push for a re-adjustment in the nation's agenda on water - we're right here on the cusp of it.
It's not going to come easy however.
All you have to do is look at the number of people who need to be convinced that irrigated isn't an existential threat to the environment - it's going to be no mean feat.
Fortunately, Helen Dalton didn't just win the seat of Murray - her win, as well Roy Butler's in Barwon has captured the attention of the rest of NSW.
So right now, communities of the Southern Murray-Darling Basin have every opportunity to have an effect on federal politics.
Change to water politics is possible at the state level - but the legislation governing the Basin Plan is federal, so this year Basin communities have the opportunity to elect candidates who can help deliver change.
Even if every electorate in the Basin elected an independent candidate - it's not going to be enough as there's 150 seats in the federal lower house.
If politics is the "art of the possible" as so many political operators describe it, Basin communities are going to need to have a plan to address our concerns of getting more water for irrigation, without compromising the health of the rivers.
While the health of the river isn't something that was considered when irrigation schemes were created, how else are we to get water from Blowering and Burrinjuck out here?
It's not going to be enough to jump up and down and complain anymore - we all know the issues. We need to convince voters in the city and inner regional areas, it means there has to be a plan. Their community will suffer, if people who grow their food don't prosper.
The plan for change cannot simply be focused on allocations because while reducing the 100 per cent allocation for South Australia might give us extra water now, it's not only about the present.
There's not much time left until the federal election and without change in our representation across the Basin, nothing significant will change and right now, we need significant change.
Sure, the threat of losing regional seats was enough for the federal Coalition to send 30 jobs to Griffith and 28 to Mildura.
But it's no longer enough to talk the talk, that goes for us, and it goes for those making the decisions.
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