We’re made to feel crim­i­nal for try­ing to keep our gar­dens alive

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The Ed­i­tor,

The ab­so­lute gall of Dubbo mayor Ben Shields and CEO Michael Mcma­hon to track our wa­ter use with smart me­ters is to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism at its worst.

These peo­ple should have been mon­i­tor­ing wa­ter lev­els and in­flows to Bur­ren­dong Dam and in­sist­ing Wa­ter NSW halt ir­ri­ga­tion and environmen­tal re­leases to en­sure ad­e­quate sup­plies were main­tained for the towns.

The coun­cil didn’t do its job and now wants to make crim­i­nals out of us for try­ing to keep our gar­dens alive.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of wa­ter re­stric­tions might have been ac­cept­able had coun­cil come out and said it would do ev­ery­thing in its power to en­sure Wa­ter NSW did not cause this sit­u­a­tion again.

Wa­ter NSW is to­tally re­spon­si­ble for the re­stric­tions cur­rently im­posed on all towns that draw wa­ter from Bur­ren­dong.

The Dam was full three years ago. That vol­ume of wa­ter should have lasted us for many years, with no re­stric­tions, but Wa­ter NSW gave the bulk of it to ir­ri­ga­tors and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists.

Wa­ter NSW got us into to this mess and won’t even com­mit to pre­vent­ing it from hap­pen­ing again. There’s no word from Wa­ter NSW say­ing it’s re­view­ing its wa­ter re­lease pol­icy to en­sure towns get pri­or­ity over ir­ri­ga­tors and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists in fu­ture.

No word from the Dubbo MP Du­gald Saun­ders, or the NSW Gov­ern­ment for that matter, who spent last week tour­ing the area. No ad­vice from them, say­ing they will en­sure Wa­ter NSW looks af­ter the towns in fu­ture in­stead of ir­ri­ga­tors.

The coun­cil wants to en­cour­age peo­ple to move from the city to the bush; well who’d want to come and live in a des­o­late dust­bowl with buck­ets in your shower to try and main­tain a gar­den?

The NSW Gov­ern­ment, Wa­ter NSW and Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil are jointly re­spon­si­ble for this to­tally pre­ventable town-wa­ter short­age de­ba­cle.

The Coun­cil says it can’t af­ford to let its green spa­ces die, so they are us­ing re­cy­cled wa­ter to keep them alive. Well that’s fair enough, but many Dubbo ratepay­ers have made large in­vest­ments in their gar­dens and they can’t af­ford to let them die either, but they’ve got no choice.

Those peo­ple who might have in­ad­ver­tently gone over their al­lo­ca­tion in their at­tempts to save their gar­dens from ex­tinc­tion are now threat­ened with fines and smart me­ter mon­i­tor­ing to make sure they com­ply.

All we can do is vote these peo­ple out first chance we get and try to get rep­re­sen­ta­tives in there that will work for the good of the peo­ple.

Steve Hod­der, Dubbo

The Ed­i­tor,

Just want­ing to ex­press my se­vere dis­ap­point­ment at the pro­posal to re­move the Raw­sonville bridge.

Gov­ern­ment bod­ies con­tinue to show their com­plete dis­re­gard for the her­itage of this state in fail­ing to main­tain and pro­tect those his­toric places that they own, which the com­mu­nity has deemed sig­nif­i­cant and want to keep.

Why even bother hav­ing a her­itage sys­tem if it’s so easy to de­mol­ish a her­itage item?

Once we lose these mag­nif­i­cent struc­tures they are gone for­ever, to be re­placed with yet an­other banal con­crete bridge.

At the very least they could keep the bridge in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion with an ad­join­ing con­crete bridge on a re­aligned road, though this is a far poorer op­tion com­pared to sim­ply main­tain­ing it in its cur­rently sat­is­fac­tory con­di­tion.

I know I’ll be ly­ing down in front of the bull­doz­ers, who will join me?

Peter, Dubbo

(full name pro­vided)

The Ed­i­tor,

Re: “Could Dubbo be the new Ve­gas?”, Cr John Ryan’s pro­posal for a Dubbo casino, Dubbo Photo News, Novem­ber 28.

I am strongly op­posed to this idea. Your ar­ti­cle says it “could bring eco­nomic ben­e­fits for our re­gion”, but at what so­cial cost.

My ex­pe­ri­ence with gam­bling is that the poorer mem­bers of the com­mu­nity end up spending more of their money on such ac­tiv­i­ties.

Many peo­ple would like to see poker ma­chines re­moved from ho­tels. This was the pol­icy of the Greens in Tas­ma­nia a few years ago.

There are enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to gam­ble on the horses, dogs, footy, etc.

Chris, Dubbo

(full name pro­vided)

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