Waterproofing The Nation
Mr Burke, Penny Wong and Peter Garrett, Paul Caica, Mike Rann in SA et al, cannot change the fact of a hung Parliament and neither can they, the
ecoheads of the GDC, the Greens Doomsday Cult, and the MDB Authority change the facts of a drought severe enough to produce a no flow in the river A no flow is a no flow for everyone including the environment..
The need for an action plan to waterproof the
nation's food bowl was obvious to casual thinkers in residence of the basin in the 60's. A plan to bring water from Lake Argyle to Burkes,or Queensland to the headwaters of the system at that time was no more difficult than the Snowy. Mike Rann, Tail end Charlie in Copenhagen, got a bit uppity with NSW and Vic and committed about $7 billion for a desal plant to be paid principle and interest over 25 years or so while rattling a blunt sabre at NSW and Vic with the threat of a High Court action.. Having developed the Ramco Heights Irrigation area at Waikerie, a project that would be indefensible today, I have to smile at all of this salivation being washed out with so much rain.
Yet the Government,committed to the desal must charge the cost to all the SA Water customers whether they are connected to it or not to pay for it while the torrent of overflows from the storages is wasted out to sea. A truly nail biting event to test the limits of even the $28 million a year "Media Advisers" who effectively run the State administration in SA.
Yet it is quite
astonishing that the MDB report has no such vision for the future to produce more
food on land that we already farm, or the primary need of expanding population and industries that support it while maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Kofi Anan was right. The next major conflict would begin over water and food. Little could he or anyone imagine it might begin in Griffith or Renmark. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/in-depth/river-plan-not-watertig...