IT IS surely clear that those managing the Lockyer water supply should have a clear idea of the components and how the system works, and are able to convey this intelligence to those who use the water.
Early this year, several people submitted a petition to Parliament asking the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines to publish, in the Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star, a brief account of how the alluvial groundwater in the valley is replenished.
This was considered to be important because for many years, the official reports have stated that the current high use is unsustainable.
In his reply to the House, the Minister noted that the alluvial groundwater is replenished by stream flow in creeks.
Over the years, the department has collected extensive data on the Lockyer water supply and much of this is published on the departmental website.
“The information is extensive and detailed so it is not possible to publish it, even in summarised form, in the newspapers nominated in the petition.”
I disagree with this position, and I am prepared to provide a brief account of the Lockyer water supply and how it is replenished.
I would ask that this be published so that any inaccuracies in it can be corrected before I send it to the Minister. Dr Jim Galletly,
Editor’s note: Dr Galletly’s account can be found in the Into Rural section of this edition of the Gatton Star. The Star welcomes any contributions or submissions on this matter via letter, fax or email.