Food bowl our goal­post

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

Could it be this sim­ple? Say, a 20year master­plan to ir­ri­gate our vast arid ar­eas, de­sign and con­struct a re­ten­tion sys­tem which cap­tures, pro­cesses and dis­perses our ir­reg­u­lar and at times high-vol­ume rain­fall and night-time desert frosts.

We can be­come the food bowl for Aus­tralia and the world, with greater productivity mak­ing in­fra­struc­ture, jobs, health, ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity ameni­ties much more vi­able.

Af­ford­able home ownership can be­come a re­al­ity for the wider pop­u­la­tion, with less de­pen­dency to live in or near the ma­jor cities.

With greater em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, self-es­teem in­creases and med­i­cal de­pres­sion and home­less­ness should de­crease.

It is a very sim­ple for­mula. We be­come the “luck­ier” coun­try.

Can it be this sim­ple? Our gov­ern­ments and op­po­si­tion par­ties over the years have shown lit­tle ev­i­dence of hav­ing un­der­stood this. Al­fred Glid­don, North Ep­ping

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