Wa­ter woes

Gatton Star - - Opinion -

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,

Gat­ton

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.

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