Task­force ‘ dream­ers’ won’t be bogged down by base­less views

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IN RE­SPONSE Squelch’s let­ter dream­ers dis­cover real­ity” ( TB, 27/ 7).

Well, there ya go ... Aus­tralia’s first City Deal is dead in the shal­low wa­ters of Ross Dam. Wa­ter Task­force chair­man Brad Webb and I have been duped it seems by all the pol­lies – and Townsville will re­main on level 3 or worse re­stric­tions for­ever ( it might turn out Chris Squelch is right). to Chris “Task­force the harsh

He/ she has at least read our Toon­pan up­date in the Bul­letin this week where we em­pha­sised the state bud­get’s $ 225 mil­lion would only pay for stage 1 of the Wa­ter Task­force’s rec­om­mended pipe­line.

Our non­par­ti­san ac­tivism ap­par­ently has no hope of suc­ceed­ing and none of the thou­sands of hours of vol­un­teer p/ t re­search worth­while. Can’t see the name Squelch in our WFTAG mem­ber­ship, let alone ad­min, to be fa­mil­iar with the group’s aims, strate­gies, mile­stones and re­port.

As for his/ her fear of our sup­ply be­ing poi­soned by ter­ror­ists ... the open chan­nels would be the last soggy spots they might wade into to in­ject the few drops needed. Sprin­kle them any­where along the Bur­dekin from the base of the dam or in Ross Dam it­self or even the treat­ment plant.

For­tu­nately we do not share your level of op­ti­mism. We will blun­der on, naive and obliv­i­ous to the pit­falls of po­lit­i­cal skul­dug­gery and govern­ment in­er­tia, and con­tinue to ask the prickly ques­tions.

WFTAG ad­min mem­bers have a fol­low- up meet­ing with the Mayor on Au­gust 3, on­go­ing meet­ings with Mr Webb, with lo­cal and fed­eral in­cum­bents and can­di­dates, and maybe meet­ings in Can­berra.

Please join us and share your vi­sion along with costed, prac­ti­cal in­fra­struc­ture so­lu­tions – or just post the cheque for the $ 500 mil­lion we will con­tinue to lobby for.

We are con­fi­dent the three sig­na­to­ries to the Townsville City Deal would not want their first cab off the rank to fail be­cause the top pri­or­ity in­fra­struc­ture is not fully funded.

We are half way there with state dol­lars ( less than 12 months af­ter the pub­lic state- ment by coun­cil that Townsville did not have a wa­ter prob­lem). If the dry ink from the fed­eral pen wants its ini­tia­tive to be the real deal, they will match state fund­ing to pro­vide the best wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture we so des­per­ately need and de­serve for Townsville to re­vive and thrive. LINDA ASH­TON

AND TEAM, Wa­ter For Townsville

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