Wa­ter to the desert

Central Queensland News - - YOUR SAY - — Jac­que­line Knox — David Janet­zki Shadow At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Shadow Min­is­ter for Jus­tice

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.

The LNP has been con­tacted by sev­eral op­er­a­tors in the Queens­land fu­neral industry who are call­ing for dodgy prac­tices to be stamped out.

This week we are meet­ing to dis­cuss their con­cerns and any over­haul of the cur­rent laws or reg­u­la­tions.

Peo­ple de­serve noth­ing less than the dig­nity and re­spect of a proper burial and al­le­ga­tions of loved ones be­ing ripped off through the fu­neral process are ap­palling. Le­git­i­mate busi­nesses also de­serve to know that un­scrupu­lous op­er­a­tors who breach the law, are fully in­ves­ti­gated. AN AUTISM con­fer­ence was held last Fri­day at Emer­ald Town Hall, where Pro­fes­sor of Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy Tony Attwood spoke about the dif­fi­culty manag­ing and ex­press­ing emo­tions and chal­leng­ing be­hav­iour that could be quite dis­rup­tive.

Di­rec­tor of Bo­rilla Kindy, Jenny Finlay said th­ese con­fer­ences were ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial to the com­mu­nity.

“...it en­ables many more peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence and gain un­der­stand­ing of autism spec­trum dis­or­ders and how to pro­vide th­ese chil­dren and adults with strate­gies on how to cope...”

The autism con­fer­ence has re­ceived a lot of in­ter­est from our Face­book read­ers, with more than 40 likes.

Shel­ley Her­win: It was a fab­u­lous con­fer­ence. Very in­for­ma­tive, but also well-or­gan­ised etc.

Kim Cheal: Thank you ladies for your ef­forts to bring such a high qual­ity speaker to Emer­ald. Much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Nikki Brown­lie: Oh wow. I wish I knew I would have gone.

Kelly McDonald: Well done to you all.

PHOTO: JODIE DAW­SON

HAR­VEST TIME: Jodie Daw­son sent in this great photo of the chil­dren help­ing out with the cot­ton pick­ing. It's hard to say who is do­ing more, but it sure looks like they're en­joy­ing them­selves. If you have a great photo that you think is wor­thy of Pic­ture of the Week, keep an eye out on our Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

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