Water to the desert
THE death and funeral of an old friend took me on a journey across to the opposite side of Queensland to bid her farewell.
It took us through country I haven’t seen for some years and I was deeply shocked at what I saw.
The country is flat and bare as the drought widens. Life is looking dim and my heart went out to those who are struggling to keep their livelihood and animals alive.
The people living in this environment however are used to the situation, even if they don’t like it, and like the outback resilience they just keep going on year in and year out.
My first thought was, there is no water. Obviously there has not been much rain in the last few years and I felt that unless there is some soon, it will be another crisis. Rain might not save what is left behind.
The only thing that can help this country is water, and in a controlled way. However, there is no catchment area available and any small rivers run dry. Cattle and other livestock, along with the wildlife are struggling to survive.
This is not just ‘going to go away’ unless we do something about it. Not next year or ‘one day’ but ‘now’ before too many people just walk off their property to find another job in the city.
Our country’s reputation rides on what we are so proud of, and that is what the country can deliver.
We can sell off all our resources to other countries and walk away with a pocket full of cash today but what is going to happen tomorrow? Water to the centre of Australia would open our lands to so many possibilities.
Many would say how? It is ridiculous and very costly.
Yes, it is costly and perhaps a little complicated. However, to stop the floods that bring havoc to our beautiful Great Barrier Reef we should build dams at the best catchment areas, where they are suited and then send that water to the dry interior where it will do the most good.
It has been done before and has been successful. And today we have much more equipment to provide the heavy work to complete this with little delays.
So, let’s all take a good look at what we have forsaken and look at the brighter side of doing good for everyone, everything and our future generations. practices from some operators.
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