Water issue a pet for visionary
AGAIN I read with disgust “Farmers face axe on water”, ( TB July 13). When are politicians going to wake up and secure our Northern water supply?
Years back I wrote several letters to David Crisafulli, the then member for Mundingburra, that all politicians should have a favourite little pet issue and that it would be helpful at the ballot box if his little pet was the second stage of the Burdekin Dam, something that Bob Katter has been screaming his Akubra covered head off about for decades, and David declined to answer my letters.
Well, the final result is that Bob Katter is still there and David is not. I grew up on the Burdekin watershed and as a boy wit- nessed millions of megalitres of precious freshwater, unmolested, happily bubbling its way to the Pacific Ocean. I don’t claim to be an expert on water conservation but I do claim this one. Would it be a crime to have too much fresh water?
I will never agree with politicians when they say “we don’t need this just yet”. Some years Mother Nature sends us a momentous amount of water, which we blatantly waste, then at the end of the year some poor devil here may face a water fine for leaving their miserable sprinkler going at the wrong time of the day. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?