Wa­ter master plan cru­cial to safe­guard farm­ers’ fu­tures

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

AS Aus­tralia heads into 2019, firstly cli­ma­tol­o­gists are pre­dict­ing the con­tin­u­ance of an El Nino weather pat­tern af­fect­ing the eastern se­aboard of Aus­tralia.

This will put fur­ther pres­sure on our al­ready drought-rav­aged farm­ers and food pro­duc­tion.

There has to be a master plan in­tro­duced to pro­vide wa­ter to the drought-af­fected ar­eas of the coun­try in time of drought.

In the 1930s John Brad­field (the de­signer of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge) put for­ward a blue­print of dams in Aus­tralia’s rain­rich north with pipe­lines feed­ing wa­ter to the drier south for agri­cul­tural and do­mes­tic needs.

But no Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has seen fit to im­ple­ment this sen­si­ble plan. We have over the past two months seen cy­clones dump co­pi­ous quan­ti­ties of rain in North­ern Aus­tralia only to see this valu­able wa­ter sup­ply run out to sea, not to men­tion leave a dam­ages bill from flood­ing. Our farm­ers need wa­ter to con­tinue to pro­vide food for our ta­bles.

DAVID WURN, MOLENDINAR

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