Water and Waterways

Bastion Point plans abandoned

Friday, November 23, 2007

Mallacoota's proposed breakwater/boat ramp has been in dispute for several years. The East Gippsland Shire has been the proponent for this very contentious monstrosity. The Bastion Point Inquiry was suddenly adjourned by the Shire, claiming it was landed with new information by the DSE. DSE hasn't been terribly happy about the whole show right from the start and in fact the Shire planners knew this all along. But it was an easy way to step back from an increasingly embarrassing situation.

Murray gums poor to dead

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Premier John Brumby recently rejected draft recommendations by the Victorian Environment Assessment Council (VEAC) to flood the Murray with billions of litres of water to save the majestic River Red Gums. According to a leaked copy of the most comprehensive analysis of Murray River Red Gums undertaken, 54% of the forest is in a "deteriorating state', while 16% is rated as "poor to dead'.

Thompson dam condemned to drought

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Melbourne has a doomed dam that may never be full again. The Thomson Dam was built in the late 1970s/early 1980s to supply Melbourne’s increasing thirst. It took around six to seven years to fill, from 1983–89. It was at its lowest level of around 17–18% early this year. The last time the dam was at this level was while being filled in 1984.

Minister for myths - left high and dry on water arguments

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The debate over logging water catchments has been won hands down by environmental arguments, but Minister Thwaites refuses to accept the science.

Below are his bizarre arguments and the responses from Sarah Rees from the Central Highlands Alliance, who’s been tracking this issue for years.

John Thwaites - Only 0.02% of Melbourne’s catchments are logged each year.

Water drought = electricity drought

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Victorian water shortage has been worrying the state's electricity generators for several months. Coal-fired generators need large amounts of water for cooling. The Latrobe Valley power stations supply 85% of Victoria's electricity and the water shortage is threatening their ability to generate power. Electricity generators in NSW and Queensland face similar problems.

Govt loots public forests as fire control

Saturday, March 24, 2007

At the time of going to print, there are FIVE CREWS working on a GOVT SANCTIONED 70 mts x 256 kms CLEARING that cuts across the Thomson catchment.

The DSE claimed it learnt from the squandering of the Yalmy Road and the Snowy National Park in the 2003 fires. Now we understand how! The Minister has approved an even longer broad and lifeless band of dirt to encircle the entire Melbourne water catchment! And hey - just look at those logs coming out of the Yarra Ranges National Park!

Offshore oil extraction drains aquifers - $5M to stall action

Monday, October 23, 2006

For years now, governments and water authorities have determined that offshore oil and gas operations are causing groundwater in Gippsland to drop. But nothing has been done to solve the problem. The all-powerful oil and gas industry is well known as a major string puller of governments of every colour. The Commonwealth Government pockets $1.6 billion a year in resource rent taxes from oil and gas industry in the Gippsland basin.