The announcement that the Queensland government is now planning to build a new dam at Wyaralong rather than Rathdowney is a good example of the importance of community campaigning, and not giving up in the face of government pressure. It is big win for a local community that has been very seriously under threat, and a tribute to the work of many who refused to give up the fight.
From the information I’ve seen, a dam at the Wyaralong site is less socially and environmentally destructive than the Rathdowney site, and to this extent it is welcome. However, any extra dam along the Logan River is still going to have negative ecological impact, and I don’t believe there is a need for a dam at all if full water recycling was adopted.
This piece on The Concatenate suggests that “there’s no current need for even water recycling if agricultural water were sold to municipal water supplies at the same price the cotton growers can buy it.” Whilst I’ve no doubt our pricing mechansims could be improved, I’d be surprised if that statement is correct.