Let’s see all the other water sup­ply sub­mis­sions

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I FEEL that the water task­force headed by Brad Webb has not made the best use of the al­most 70 sub­mis­sions made dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion process.

Surely they should have made a short­list of at least the top three or four sub­mis­sions and even in­vited their au­thors to con­trib­ute fur­ther to the even­tual de­sign. To an­nounce what looks like the least ex­pen­sive op­tion and not ac­knowl­edge the vast amounts of work and ex­pe­ri­ence that must have gone into the sub­mis­sions doesn’t sit well with the vast ma­jor­ity of ratepay­ers.

One group, the Water Ac­tion Group, has been able to pro­duce a 450page sub­mis­sion which they have pub­licly re­leased through their Face­book site. It is com­pre­hen­sive with what ap­pears to be a bet­ter so­lu­tion to our water cri­sis than the one pro­posed.

This one sub­mis­sion must be em­bar­rass­ing for those or­gan­i­sa­tions who de­mand large grants of govern­ment money to do sim­i­lar work. They did it with no charge and the only mo­ti­va­tion was to get an ad­e­quate and sus­tain­able water sup­ply for Townsville.

Surely there must be other high qual­ity sub­mis­sions that de­serve to be re­leased to the pub­lic in the form of a short list. I per­son­ally would have been keen to see a sub­mis­sion that looked at a value- added so­lu­tion to the cri­sis.

A much more elab­o­rate so­lu­tion could open up land near Townsville for in­ten­sive food and fi­bre pro­duc­tion while turn­ing the Ross River Dam into the jewel in Townsville’s crown. Va­cant area around the dam could have been turned into a mecca for grey no­mads and water sports. Ex­tra water could be al­lowed to flow through to the weirs and be used to keep the army area, sports fields, turf club and golf course green. The eco­nomic out­weigh the ex­tra cost.

Now we are hear­ing mum­blings about water wise so­lu­tions and a celebrity is be­ing brought in to tell us how not to water. It all seems to be shap­ing up to be a very sad time for thou­sands of keen long time gar­den­ers.

In­stead of the putting the big projects per­pet­u­ally in the CBD and Strand area why not look at a pro­ject that gives the whole city some­thing we de­serve. Water! ben­e­fit would AL­LAN FRANKLIN, Mount Louisa.

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