Brisbane water dries up...

Submitted: Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:18
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I took a drive on Sunday to see the state of our water supply for myself.

27% !!! I don't think so.... looks more like 10%.

The photo's are shocking. The boat ramp is high and dry and the warning sign for the submerged obstacle is a almost in the car park.

They better do something quick.

The only good thing that happened on Sunday is while supporting the locals we found a fantastic little restaurant. If you are ever in Esk give them a go.

Regards Derek.




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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:25

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:25
They better start towing icebergs, not enough time to build more dams......or desal plants either............
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Reply By: Doggy Tease - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:26

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:26
looking a bit parched there Derek, alot like ours over here in Perth. Where has all the rain gone??????

meow.

rick.
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:28

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:28
What's Brissy doing wrong that allows the G. Coast dam to be at 97% full (or thereabouts) but one hour away there is bugger all in any of the dams.
Used to love going up to Boondooma (near Proston) but is a waste of time nowdays.
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Follow Up By: Shane (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:39

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:39
Yes & on the Gold Coast we can't use a hose & have to use a bucket. All because of a D-ck Head called Campbell Newman in Brisbane who winges at the drop of hat ! This is the year 2006 & were using buckets with a full dam, so much for Bureaucrats.
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Follow Up By: Flash - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 10:23

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 10:23
Shane, an incredibly ignorant reply if ever I heard one.
Do you have [B]ANY[/B] comprehension of how serious our Se Qld water probelm is?
If a city the size of Brisbane runs out of water, it would make what happened to New Orleans look pretty minor!
The [B]whole city[/B] would have to be evacuated. Sewage doesn't work, nothing works.
Suggest you pull your head in! I'm afraid the "D-head" is your mayor. The gold coast dam's water may be needed just to keep essential services functioning in Brisbane.
This is a deadly serious problem, make no mistake!
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:05

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:05
Lads,

There is so much underlying politics to this issue than most people will ever know. For as long as I can remember, BCC has been pumping Brissy's water into the Hinze dam and using it kinda like a bank account so that when it does become dire up here, we can make a withdrawal and reverse the pumps. Problem that has cropped up lately is that now the Hinze is full, BCC won't shut off the pumps so water is (read: was) going over the spillway and being wasted. BCC's logic being that the more we pump through, the more we can ask for back. I believe the GCCC has finally won an appeal of sorts and had the pumps shut down.

Trev: I have no idea what's goin on that's causing the rain to fall everywhere but in our catchment areas.

Shane: It's a SE QLD issue and needs a more regional approach - I understnad your beef but.

FLash: I appreciate your concern - but a lot of people are ignorant of the real issue not by choice - but by decades of little to no education of the topic. We should've been doing something about this a LONG time ago! The only reason Brisbane residents are now educated is because they have no choice now.

Cheers
Scoey!
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Follow Up By: Fusion - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 22:45

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 22:45
Not Happy Jan,

Here on the Gold Coast the dam is at 94.21% full today, yet we are on the same severe water restictions we were on 2 yrs ago when our dam was at about 27%.

The pollies tell us the Hinze dam isn't even big enough for the gold coast with a population under 500,000, how on earth is it going to provide water for all of S.E.Qld. 2,500,000+. And then there is the issue of there being no pipe to take water from the Hinze dam to Brisbane even if we wanted to.

It annoys me 'cause on the Gold Coast we were among the 1st major cities in Oz to get into severe water restrictions a few years ago while Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne etc were laughing it up. Brissy was helping out with a small amount of water per day, which they no longer are of course. Then we get the rain over the last 2 yrs to fill our dam and get off severe restrictions. But now we are back on severe water restrictions 'cause Brissy has no water. It makes no sense because we don't have the facility to give them our water even if we wanted to. And if we could give it to them it wouldn't last 5 minutes (well by my rough reckoning, it'd take 6mths to drain the dam from full to empty) 'cause the dam is too damn small to service 5 times our current population. If someone could explain the logic to me, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Aaron.
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Follow Up By: Flash - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 23:11

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 23:11
Fusion.
Suggest you do a university degree on the subject, or leave it to experts.(NOT politicians!!)
When the Gold coast was in trouble years ago, it was phisically impossible for Brisbane pipe much water down there.... ie: there was simply no way to send the water down there, so you had tough restrictions.
Now the whole region is in very serious trouble, you don't send it down the drain on the coast while Brisbane is about to run out. That would be beyond dumb!
When I say it could be worse than what happened to New Orleans I'm dead serious.
If a city the size of Brisbane ran out, it would be a major catastrophy.

....With people like you saying that, it just shows what a lousy job the politicians are doing in managing this whole mess, and getting the message across.
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Follow Up By: Fusion - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 23:31

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 23:31
G'day Flash,

I still don't see how us (Gold Coasters) not using water is going to help Brisbane. There is no way to get our water to brisbane, and even if there was, we don't have enough water to do much good.

While I don't disagree that running out of water would be a major catastrophy, I'm having a hard time figuring what we can do about it on the GC. eg. How does not allowing me to clean under my car once every couple of months with a hose help Brisbanes water shortage?

The politicians are doing a lousy job with the marketing, I just get annoyed when they keep saying we've had no rain, our dams are dry that's why you're on restrictions, when it isn't true for the Gold Coast. We've had heaps of rain over 2 yrs and our dam is full.

And BTW if anyone can tell me how to clean mud off the underside of a 4wd with a bucket I'm all ears.

Thanks,

Aaron.
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Follow Up By: Flash - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:54

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:54
How about "Car- Lovers" or similar.
They use mostly fltered recycled water and you can use a Karcher type wand I think.
I haven't used them, but my son did after a damp weekend up at Landcruiser park a few weeks ago and his Patrol came back shiny after starting out absolutely filthy!
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Fusion - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:20

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:20
I've been thinking about using a high pressure water thingy. They claim to only use about 5 litres per minute, which is about 1/2 the water we use just taking a shower.

It is also possible to put the water feeder tube into a bucket and therefore be completely within the water restrictions to not use a hose. Although I did have the devious idea of putting the bucket under the tap, and therefore be able to use the pressure cleaner without filling up a bucket every 2 mins. It's stoopid, but legal I think...

Thanks,

Aaron.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 21:41

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 21:41
How much water is in Boondooma Now???

I have a photo hereabouts when it was 5% and it still had 30 metres in the main basin and you could still fish up around the junction.

Brian
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 21:48

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 21:48
Brian,

I haven't been there for zonks so I couldn't tell you what it looks like lately. Last time I was there it was down to 10% (about) and I thought it was pretty ordinary then, maybe my expectations are too high???
If I remember right the boat ramp at the campground was mud at the waters edge and loading and unloading was being done (for the bigger boats) down at the main ramp. All smaller craft were being hand loaded into and out of the water.
Is still worth going back but I will wait for more water.

Cheers, Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 09:15

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 09:15
Must have been well over a year since you were there, as it is at 25% (the lowest it has been for at least a year, based on their data).

For dam levels for Sunwater controlled waterbodies, check out www.sunwater.com.au/water_store.htm

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 10:08

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 10:08
Andrew it was many years ago maybe 8 - 10 years and that is the lowest i have ever seen it.

Not long after I was there at the level it rain and put some 20 odd feet in the dam and filled I believe the same year or early the next year.

Brian

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 10:32

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 10:32
scarey when you see dams at those levels! It's sometimes hard to remember what extremely low levels looks like (i remember the good old days of Atkinson Dam, Moogerah Dam, Bill Gunn Dam etc when they were always full) as we generally talk about Burdekin Dam up here (NQ) which never seems to drop below 80% (and it is much 50% larger than Wivenhow Dam!) and is almost always full each year!

Andrew
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:34

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:34
You definately should have driven south. You could have caught a bit in a tin and taken it back to Brizzy as an exhibit. Been raining on and off here for a week.
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Reply By: TROOPYMAN A.D. 1998 - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:39

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:39
Some scientist reckons that the clouds cannot roll in and drop rain because the southeners who have moved here are contributing to the woeful smog . (1000 extra southeners a week ) .
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Reply By: Dave from P7OFFROAD - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:46

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:46
Up here in Hervey Bay our water is just happily flowing over the spillway, our lawns are green and we can hose and sprinkle almost anytime we like.

My property near childers even has water crossings.

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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:54

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 22:54
G'day Derek,

It's not good hey?

Poor buggers in Toowoomba are even worse off. It makes you wonder when several years ago new dam projects like Wolfdene etc were cancelled by the government of the day when maybe they should have been built. Toowoomba folks and maybe us in Brisbane look like we had better get used to drinking recycled sewerage as one means of providing water into the future.

IMO Peter Beattie will never get these new dams done in time unless he gets a reprieve if we get a lot of rainfall.

What irks me the most is that this has been coming for some time and no-one did anything about it but now that the acute shortage is on we have to suffer these restrictions etc. I seem to recall the same thing happened here with the lack of electrical infrastructure and then of course there is the fiasco of QLD health etc. We have a population increase going on in the order of 1,000 people per week into South East QLD but the government did very little to set up the infrastucture to cope with this.

Anyway that's my whinge for now. I will try and be a bit more positive.

Pleased to hear that the restauarant was good. Pleased you didn't want to launch a boat.

Have a good one.
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Follow Up By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 23:29

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 23:29
Hi Brian,

Don't need a boat. You can drive across the dam.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 02:07

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 02:07
Brian, you are right; governments in general are reactive, not proactive. They wait until it's virtually too late before they fix things. Water supply is such a huge issue yet, as you stated, there is no forethought and now we have situations all over the country where we are running out of water, nothing is being done about the supply, yet there is no brakes on new residential estates which are putting more demand on the non-existent supply of water; derr!
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Follow Up By: Flash - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 10:27

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 10:27
Yeh,
It was the Goss (Labour) government that stopped building dams, and continued the Labor tradition of NOT building infrastructure. Sadly, Beatty continued that tradition.
Just look at our health system in Qld. Now Beatty is having a panic, throwing money at the problems.... but it's too little, too late.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 10:42

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 10:42
Bware,

I agree, there seems to be very little analysis happening. It wasn't so long ago that they disclosed that our power industry was using 70 million litres drinking water a day - what a shocker, mainly due to purpose built dams being inappropriatly located to power station. To put that into context, the current restrictions were designed to save 40/50 million litres per day.

I hope they are working out where water is being used - like all us residential users - to assess its need.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 16:00

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 16:00
Hi Brian B

Well said!!! The" Goverment of the day" was happy to have the population boom but forgot to allow for the inevitable. Being an ex Brissy I do feel for them though. It's hard to imagine though that the rain is not falling in the catchment areas, a real waste!

Cya
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) 4124 - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:21

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:21
I moved here to Browns Plains about 20 years ago and wanted to put a watertank on my house and one on my shed. We have 5000sqm land so room is not the problem.The council wouldn't let me do it. I was pretty angry back than that the council could do that and tell me I can’t have watertanks on my own land.
Today you get a rebate to put watertanks in........grrrrrrr
What really gets me is why nobody is responsible for bad or wrong decisions?
If an electrician stuffs up he is in trouble but pollies can do what ever without any consequences. Grrrrrrr
I really wonder what is going to happen with our water shortage......do they have a plan at all???

Cheers
Reiner
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:38

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:38
G'day Reiner,

They want you to think that they have a plan and are happy to show it in the press etc, including new dams, pipes, desalination plants, bore water, using recycled sewerage for the power stations and finally restrictions. Unfortunately, the restrictions are the only thing that seems to be happening with any effect. The other stuff takes years and they are bickering about that so no one seems to be actually doing anything in a hurry - which is what is required.

Planning is one thing but the situation calls for urgent action NOW.

Kind regards
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Reply By: Scoey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:13

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:13
G'Day all,

A few people have mentioned drinking recycled (sewage) water. Most people I speak to are opposed to it, but once again I think this comes down to an education (and probably marketing) problem. I've drunk some before and it was fine, I didn't go blind, my hair is all still on my head and I didn't get crook. Also people should keep in mind that they wouldn't be drinking the stuff that comes straight from the plant. It would get pumped into our water supply and mixed with the (little remaining) water in there and then treated again for drinking. Bring it on I say! :-D

Cheers
Scoey!
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Follow Up By: robak (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:01

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:01
That's all weel and good when the plant has plenty of money and is new. After twenty years things start breaking down, the government decides to privitise it and the new company has "an obligation to the shareholders".
Next thing you realise is that it's not hot chocolate that you're drinking.
:)

R
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:25

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:25
G'day Scoey,

Mate, I have a mental problem drinking $hit, already have to eat $hit at work. I hope they have a plan that involves them finding alternative uses for this cr@p - like cooling power stations AND save the good water for drinking. I hope there are a truck load of alternatives being exercised before we get to that. Might have to buy a place in the Kimberley (Kunnunarra or Broome) they won't ever have to do that up there with the Ord.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:27

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:27
hehe! Or hearty beef chunky soup! ;-) Let's just say the gear I drank came straight from a treatment plant and it was fairly old. Govt run, but still old. The same can be said for any water infrastructure but, if they didn't maintain the water infrastructure to the (limited) level that they do - the water could be potentially toxic! Effluent or not!

Cheers
Scoey!
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:33

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:33
G'Day Beatit,

You'd be surprised where recycled water is already (and has been for years) being pumped into potable water sources to be treated agian and used for drinking. I couldn't tell the difference between the so called "tap" water and the recycled gear - I doubt many other people would either! It's just a mind over matter and marketing issue.

If I can make an analogy - when I was a little lad I wouldn't eat my veges cause i thought they were bleep . Now that I'm all grown up and a big boy I love them. They're still the same veges, but my attitude and level of education has changed!

Lastly mate, there's not much "good water" left to save for drinking - that's the problem! :-(

Cheers mate!

Scoey!
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:41

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:41
Scoey,

I never thought I'd be saying this but the bride convinced me to buy one of those filter urns a couple of years ago, holds about 10 litres. What a smart move it seems, I'll let her know that she was right again - damn that was difficult to type. Watching a program a couple of weeks ago where a councilor at Ipswich drank some of this stuff to show it was OK, he was a marketing nightmare, reckon he was about 10 nano seconds from gagging.

I know your right about the water, all the more reason to make sure it is only being used for drinking - not cooling power generators.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:11

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:11
Beatit,

I agree wholeheartedly with you that we shouldn't be using potable water for anything other than drinking as well - don't get me wrong. I must have missed the show with the Ipswich Councillor drinking the recycled gear, haha, they obviously didn't rehearse that one! Idiots! All I can say is that when I drank it, it tasted just like tap water. Oh well, if we get some good rain over the dam catchments that fills them up - we can go back to forgetting about the water crisis till next time we're down to less than 30%!

My great uncle used to always say to me, "The next drought starts the day the rain stops." I reckon he might just be onto something! Too bad the pollies won't listen to and old Sheep farmer from Central QLD!

Cheers
Scoey!
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Reply By: Member - Mark and Jo (Brisbane - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:22

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:22
One of the guys at work last night said the had seen some plans of some sort about laying pipes from Hinze Dam to Wivenhoe, $235million or something to that effect.
If they started building a couple of desalinization plants when it was first discussed then there wouldn't be all the stress now of 'running out of water'.
But for the record will add that we are very water conscious in this household, only water our vege plants outside and don't bother watering the rest of the garden or yards, they'll liven up again one day!
Cheers
Jo
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:47

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:47
Hey you guys joined too! Cool! Good onya's! ;-)

Cheers,
Ross!
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark and Jo (Brisbane - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:28

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:28
Yes Ross we are officially a part of the posse!
Couldn't get my rig pic to work though, will sit down later and fiddle with it and add more photos.

Cheers
Jo
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:34

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:34
Yep, I'd better pull my finger out eh! Good luck with the rig pic! ;-)

Cheers
Ross!
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Reply By: datto311 - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 17:10

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 17:10
I may be wrong but, I am sure that when Wivenhoe was built it was built mainly for flood mitigation and not water storage.
It was supposed to prevent another 74 flood. However we all know that most of the flood waters then came from downstream of where Wivenhoe is now and the Bremer.
So Bjelke and his crowd were wrong on 2 counts, it won't stop a flood and it won't catch the rain

Noel
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Follow Up By: Flash - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:37

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:37
Wrong.... You really don't know what you are talking about.
It was primarily water supply, AND flood mitigation, AND power as well. (Supplies power at peak times.)
And trust me, without the Wivenhoe, Brisbane would have run out of water years and years ago! It has caught plenty of rain water over the years, just not enough recently.
Joe and the Nationals built infrastructure. (Dams, Hospitals, power stations etc etc etc)
Labour NEVER has and that is exactly why we are in such a pickle.
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Follow Up By: datto311 - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:13

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:13
Flash - you are really easy to bait - I wish I could catch fish as easily as getting you going

Don't let your politics get in the way of a good forum like this
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Follow Up By: Flash - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 11:02

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 11:02
Ah well, maybe so. Happy fishing.
However when somebody makes a statement that's quite simply wrong, I feel the need to reply with some facts.
The sad thing is that political parties (note: no name mentioned!!!) have had wins both in state and federal politics at least partly attributable to cancelling the development of dams- which we need in this dry old country of ours.
.......It's either that or limit the population somehow.........
Obviously we also need recycling and various other schemes urgently, but equally sadly, that is not a vote winner.
Cheers
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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 18:21

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 18:21
I have never seen the Lake Argyle on the Ord river, but they say it is immense.
The water flow out of it is also immense.
Apparently the water needs of Melbourne and Adelaide, for one full year, would drop the lever of the Lake Argyle barely 1 ft, and more than that flows over the wall each month.

It seems our country has the water, it is a matter of getting it from point A to point B.
You will note that if they need oil or gas, huge pipelines can be laid (Moomba gas to Sydney and Mt Isa). Railways across vast distances seem the norm in Australia.
Power transmission across the country is taken for granted.
Are water pipelines so difficult; Lake Ayre is 16ft below sea level , so it is downhill to get it there - or is the price of the product too cheap?
Perhaps we have undervalued the resource for too long.

................................Keith
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 18:56

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 18:56
Next to impossible to achieve. As a rule of thumb, 1m diametre pipe for this purpose costs $1000/m ......best case scenario, 2750km, dead straight. So there goes 2.7 Billion dollars. That is without taking in account pump stations ($2m+ per pump station per 100km, best case), balance tanks, surge protection for water hammer, telemetry, huge valves, redundancy protection, electricity supply to each pump station, etc etc.

The other issue with these types of schemes is that in the process they go through numerous shire who would want to tap into the scheme. It ends up being a nightmare :-) Don't even think about the native title issues :-)

A 1m pipe, ignoring offtakes, would be able to supply 135 Ml per day, which is enough to supply a city the size of Townsville (150,000) let alone Brisbane's 2 million + !!!

The numbers we are talking about would put the Snowy Hydro to shame ;-) It would be cheaper to do a desal plant, even with extremely strict environmental stipulations.... Even better would be to move up North!! ;-)

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Keith_A (Qld) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 19:24

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 19:24
Andrew I can see your point - yes expensive.
The proposed tunnel under the Brisbane River for traffic? what cost?
The cost of our new defense fighter Jets - over $12bn.
(see Aust Parliment review - 9th June 2006.)
Cost of the new helicopters for Navy and Army $5bn.
Cost of Collions Class Submarines - $5bn +.

Is the need for water (survival) such a low priority against a $20bn+ purchase of new military hardware?

A 10% drop in that expenditure, would go a long way. That still leaves 90% for expensive guns.
Just a thought. Money is not an issue when Governments see the need.
....................regards.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 19:39

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 19:39
yeh, i know where you are coming from :-)

The difference is that your spending issues are for Federally available infrastructure as opposed to a bleep load of money for one City (albeit large city).

A hundred years ago, if a town ran out of water, they would shut shop and move elsewhere.......oh, how times have changed ;-)

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Rotord - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:40

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:40
Australia spends between 2 and 3% of GDP on defence . This is a woefully small ammount and it supports a woefully inadequate defence force . Your idea of a 10% cut in the defence vote has already been done , often , that is how we got into our present state . The continued existance of national integrity is the first priority of any government and there is a bill to pay . We dont pay it , which is why the defence of Australia is based on a policy of sucking up to the USA .
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