An effigy of federal water minister David Littleproud was thrown into the Murray River on Thursday during a water rally which saw more than 3000 fed-up farmers descend on Tocumwal.
But this will be the last rally "in the middle of nowhere" with irrigators vowing to come knocking on the houses of Victorian, NSW and federal parliaments.
The 'enough is enough' rally called for the sacking of Mr Littleproud and both state governments to pull out of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
The rally also called for 1000 gigalitres of conveyance water, which is water allocated against production for losses in transmission, to be re-allocated for productive use in the southern basin.
The turnout has almost tripled with around 3000 farmers, children and business owners marching across the Murray in #Tocumwal before an effigy of federal water minister David Littleproud was thrown into the river. @firstname.lastname@example.org/08vYaW5CtY— Vivienne Jones (@_VivienneJones) September 5, 2019
Organisers said this would provide "immediate relief" for farmers on their second successive year of zero allocation.
Rally co-organiser Jan Beer said the basin plan was failing on all counts, including environmental, and it was "past time this was acknowledged" by Canberra.
"The plan is a failure, but David Littleproud refuses to accept this obvious fact," she said.
"At the moment he blames the drought, but when it is over he will find another poor excuse.
"He needs to be replaced by someone who will accept the plan has failed and work with us to fix it."
She told the rally there were immediate, medium and long-term solutions which would "overcome many of the present issues".
Member for Murray Helen Dalton, who was repeatedly referred to as a "water warrior", said the rally was "not about irrigators versus the environment".
"The rally is really about common sense versus stupidity, transparency versus secrecy, protecting Australia's food bowl versus importing everything we eat and drink," she said.
Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty said he was "proud" to be championing regional communities.
"Senator Leyonhjelm always said the Murray Darling Basin Plan was 1 per cent science, 99 per cent politics but I think what we are seeing recently is that there is no science at all in it," he said.
"It is a mix of politics and corruption.
"This week I am going to put a motion before the Victorian Upper House calling to immediately withdraw from the Murray Darling Basin Plan."
But Mr Quilty admited he wasn't expecting it to pass.
"The politicians are not going to listen to us and if that is going to be the case it is time to turf them out," he said.
"In my maiden speech I spoke about Rexit - that the regions should break away from the major cities to form our own state - that was kind of a joke, but as time goes on we see these things happen more and more, it is less of a joke.
"Maybe it really is time for Rexit."
Angry farmers chanted "Sussan Ley where is she" as they marched across the Murray River after the rally.
The environment minister and Member for Farrer was "missing in action" at the rally but her media adviser made the trip down the Murray to represent her.
Steve Block attended the rally where Ms Ley was an apology due to a "prior engagement".
But Southern Riverina Irrigators chair Chris Brooks said "it is not good enough".
"I went to Albury on Tuesday to track down Mr Littleproud ... and Ms Ley to tell them we are suing the MDBA not the federal government," he said.
"And they aren't part of the MDBA so don't hide behind that crap any longer."
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