More on the Mary River Dam

There’s a good piece giving a lot of detail on the range of reasons why the Beattie government’s planned mega-dam at Traveston on the Mary River does not stack up economically, environmentally or even as a water solution. (although I think the nuclear power angle is a bit of a long bow)

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Water off a Premier’s back?

Like water off a Premier’s back? The Queensland Labor Party is having its state conference in Brisbane this weekend. Apart from providing the opportunity for the ALP to make some decisions, it also provides the opportunity for people who are unhappy with the state government to voice their protests outside. I know protests are being…

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Politicians going to water

There was an extraordinary story in today’s Courier-Mail where Premier Peter Beattie was going out of his way to deny that the state government planned to put treated wastewater back into the drinking supply. I find it bizarre that we’re on the verge of tighter water restrictions in South-East Queensland, yet the Premier is desparate…

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Dams

I took a one day break from Senate Committee hearings last week to head back to Queensland to have a look at the area that will be effected by the Beattie Government’s proposed new mega-dam on the Mary River, just south of Gympie – also known as the Traveston dam after the crossing where it…

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Water Water Everywhere

I’m at home in Brisbane this weekend. It’s quite dry (not to mention extraordinarily windy), which is actually one more reminder of water issues and how prevalent they are becoming. Water issues are definitely a topic of big interest amongst federal politicians. A breakfast briefing and forum on water issues by some CSIRO scientists held…

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Toowoomba – student services & sipping sewage

On Wednesday this week I visited Toowoomba, mainly to meet with the Student Guild and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the main campus of University of Southern Queensland. The main immediate issue I was exploring was what impact the government’s ideologically extreme version of VSU legislation would have on services to students. I’ve written on VSU…

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Water Flowing up the Mountain

The recent drought made life more difficult for many people, but did have the benefit of focussing attention on the need for comprehensive and urgent action to address water shortages and the absurdly inefficient way we use water in most parts of Australia. Hopefully the recent widespread rains won’t wash away this sense of urgency….

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