Thursday, 9 August 2007

Permanent water restrictions to apply across Clarence Valley

In 23 days time, on 1 September 2007, Clarence Valley Council will impose permanent Level One water restrictions across the entire local government area.
[The Daily Examiner,Grafton,9 August 2007,p.4]
Perhaps Messrs. Howard and Turnbull might like to consider what this says about the highly variable nature of Clarence catchment freshwater flows and rainfall patterns.
Again I ask - what excess water? This politically motivated push to dam and divert water from the Clarence River and/or one of its principal tributaries was always hasty, ill-conceived water policy on the run.
When is John Howard going to be man enough to admit that the call to divert Clarence water was a mistake and, give Clarence Valley residents an assurance that local communities will not be asked to surrender their own current and future water security.

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