16-typical-darling“It took me 3000 kilometres of walking and paddling to understand what a river is, and it left me ashamed to be a water engineer.” So says Alstonville man Steve Posselt of his epic trek from Brisbane to Adelaide down the Darling River system.

Mr Posselt paddled and dragged his kayak all the way for those 3000km, and the story of his journey is told in his book, Cry Me A River, to be launched in Ballina on Monday, May 4.

In her foreword to Cry Me a River, best-selling author Di Morrissey writes: “Steve does not preach, but he is an acute and interesting observer who concludes ‘Our river systems are precious. If they die, we die. And they are dying.’ I hear you Steve and I cry too.”

“Cry Me A River is certain to be more important in decades to come. A time capsule of opinion, revealing ignorance, abuse, love, worry and the slow death of a river system,” says Patrice Newell, model, author, TV presenter and political candidate.

posterCry Me A River is the account of one man’s journey to the heart of Australia’s water crisis.

A lifetime engineer in the water industry and successful businessman, Mr Posselt put everything on the line to paddle or drag a kayak from Brisbane to Adelaide down the full length of the Darling and lower Murray so he could see, first-hand, what is happening to Australia’s rivers.

Along the way he talked to school children, farmers and local councils about climate change, water management and sustainability, eliciting their visions for the future.

He started out a water engineer with an open mind and some concerns. He ended up alarmed, ashamed and determined to change.

Mr Posselt’s journey has prompted him to embark on a campaign to stop the damming of the Mary River in south-east Queensland.

Last year he again paddled and dragged his kayak on another epic journey, this time from Brisbane to Sydney along the east coast, to highlight concerns over a proposal to dam the Mary River and the threat a dam would pose to the lungfish, the oldest vertebrate in the world.

Upon his arrival in Sydney he presented thousands of letters of protest to Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett.

Cry Me A River will be launched on Monday, May 4, at the Ballina Fair Cinema at 6.30pm by the Mayor of Ballina, Cr Phillip Silver.

You can get yourself a signed copy of the book at the launch price of $25 or buy online  for $29.95.

MAIN PICTURE: Steve Posselt paddling what he says is a ‘typical’ section of the Darling River.