The End of Sensible Dam Policies

Water conservation peaked in Australia in 1972 – our last big dam was Wivenhoe in Queensland built 35 years ago.


Elsewhere in Australia, water conservation virtually stopped when Don Dunstan halted the building of Chowilla Dam on the Murray in 1970 and Bob Brown’s Greens halted the Franklin Dam in 1983 (and almost every other dam proposal since then).


The Darling River water management disaster shows that we now risk desperate water shortages because our population and water needs have more than doubled, and much of our stored water has been sold off or released to “the environment”.


However, we regularly see floods of water being shed by the Great Dividing Range, most of it ending up in the Pacific Ocean, while somewhere to the west of that watershed is in severe drought. Then, under what should be called “The Flannery Plan for Water Conservation”, after letting flood waters run into the sea, they build squillion-dollar desalination plants to get water back from the sea.

We Have the Technology to Fix This


Our ancestors had the prudence and the will to build great assets like the Tasmanian and Snowy hydro schemes, Lake Argyle, Fairbairn Dam and the Perth to Kalgoorlie water pipeline? What are we building for our children?


Politicians can pass laws or find money for games, stadiums, climate jamborees, study tours, gifts to foreigners, green energy toys and useless giant batteries. Canberra alone spends a billion dollars every day.


Our engineers know how to lay large pipelines over hundreds of km to export natural gas, and bore road and rail tunnels through mountains and under cities and harbours.


But we cannot find the funds or the courage to build a couple of dams on the rainy side of the Great Divide somewhere between the Ross River at Townsville and the Clarence River at Grafton and some pumps, tunnels and pipes to use and release it into the thirsty Darling River basin.


Someone is always cursing either droughts or floods.


We need to curse less and dam more.
Viv Forbes

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Of all of Melbournes catchment dams none were planned or commenced by Labor with the Maroondah which they did in conjunction with the National Party

manfromOZ
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We can’t make any measurable difference in Australia to stop extreme weather events but we can better prepare for them. Schemes like the Bradfield inland water diversion plan to provide flood mitigation, water for irrigation, drought relief and hydro- electricity. We need to turn this great brown land green with vegetation that thrives on Carbon dioxide and feeds the worlds hungry. If we must have 200,000+ migrants pa, we need to provide work, make sure they have the skills and locate them in rural areas like outback Queensland and NSW…..The Bradfield scheme ticks all the boxes. If climate Change is… Read more »

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MargieCJ

When it floods, the water goes out to the sea and is wasted; when there is a drought, there is a water shortage. Of course we need dams and of course, we could improve the capacity of Warrangamba Dam by removing some of the sand and rock that is exposed when the water in the dam is low.

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What is ‘comment awaiting moderation’ about ? is this place being sanitised?

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Spot on Forbes.

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Why would he want to? Corbyn is a self-confessed ‘Trump hater’ and despises the USA as a matter of policy. At the end of the day, who is Corbyn? The Leader of the Opposition, in other words a powerless nonentity.

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They sit about planning inner capital city roads, tunnels, bridges, sports stadiums, theatres, etc etc. Gotta keep the privileged latte set happy.

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He has plenty of crazies back home, doesn’t need to meet any more.

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he probably would have been milked.

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Concerned.Senior

Thank you for raising this issue of the Bradfield Scheme. Pauline Hanson and One Nation have been calling for this for a long, long time. Tunnel boring and pipeline technology has gone ahead in leaps and bounds in the last 20 years. This would make the task a much simpler proposition than ever before. Selling the ABC and ridding us of the annual cost of $1.5 B , reducing Foreign Aid, don’t stop it all just reign it in by not sending cash but Australian produced products and technology, a lot of the value would be paid to Aussie workers… Read more »

Rinaldo
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Rinaldo

If you have all the means of production like Australia has, then why can’t dams be built? Ah, that’s right, the privately owned Banks control money distribution. So foreign owned Banks have control of Australia’s economy, is that correct?

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sideways G

Make-believe gummint depts. serve a purpose .. “troughing” by stealth .. it’s a Canberra thing they, actually, believe they are fooling people!

Cosmik Debris
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Cosmik Debris

They infrastruct

johnsamson
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johnsamson

He seemed to say that himself at that press conference at No.10.

PeteM43
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PeteM43

I thought the last big dam was the Burdekin Dam near Townsville. When opened by Bob Hawke he promised that he would commence buildimg stage 2 in the next session of Parliament. Still waiting!

Radar
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Radar

Well LG,the ones supervising dam and power station construction certainly aint earning their money.

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