TIME BOMBS TICK

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

WATCH­ING var­i­ous gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, au­thor­i­ties and trusts un­load­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for clean­ing the Swan River is akin to re-ar­rang­ing the deckchairs on the Ti­tanic.

Blame is fo­cused con­stantly on ru­ral landown­ers, subur­ban gar­den­ers and com­mer­cial pol­luters for the in­creas­ing de­cline of our rivers and wet­lands.

They seem to have ig­nored the con­tri­bu­tion many lo­cal coun­cils have made to the prob­lem in the past with their un­re­stricted use of rub­bish land­fill along­side lakes, rivers and above-un­der­ground aquifers.

Tomp­kins Park in Al­fred Cove and Bi­bra Lake are ex­am­ples of this lack of fore­sight. Th­ese con­tam­i­nated sites are now tick­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal time bombs.

Per­haps the most dan­ger­ous one is at Bur­swood where the over­ly­ing soil is be­ing com­pacted to con­struct a cash cow for the AFL and the casino op­er­a­tor. The con­stant pound­ing of the soil will en­sure the trapped chem­i­cals, tox­ins, pes­ti­cides and other nox­ious ma­te­ri­als in the de­com­pos­ing rub­bish are squeezed out and leach into the nearby river.

No won­der the Gov­ern­ment is ren­der­ing its var­i­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dogs dys­func­tional.

There is a very good chance they could re­veal the truth about a sig­nif­i­cant cause of the de­cline of our aquatic icons. DARYL BIN­NING, Winthrop.

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