from Senator Fraser Anning
Having grown up in the bush, a healthy and balanced environment is very dear to my heart. I commend environmentalists for sharing that desire for a well-balanced and sustainable future.
I am frustrated however, when Green politicians take normal environmental events and
scaremonger people to gain votes.
Scientists can argue over whether the planet will warm over the coming decades.
However, I am not aware of any evidence that the current temperatures are outside the normal (geologically) recent cycles.
Australia is a land of droughts, floods and bushfires yet none of these recent events have matched those which occurred a century or more ago.
Before recent times, the Murray Darling (which extends into Qld) was often a dry river bed in summer, This left numerous unconnected water holes right up until the 1920`s when Australians began building weirs and Dams.
Did fish die in large amounts before then? Yes
Were there algal blooms in water holes, killing fish before then – Yep.
Unfortunately, grizzling Greens have hoodwinked a gullible media into believing that every natural disaster is our fault.
They blame us for not living some utopian “cave man” style existence whilst
ignoring the population explosion which will grow Africa’s population from 1 billion today to over 4 billion in just 80 years.
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) manages some 3,000 gigalitres of water.
Thanks to pressure from the Green lobby, the CEWH decided to send environmental water down the Murray Darling system from Medindee. This water was earmarked to go the southern lagoon in the Coorong.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any way for that water to get into the highly saline lower Coorong.
It appears the CEWH wasted water to achieve nothing, instead of keeping it in NSW where it could have done some actual good.
These highly idealistic and impractical decisions infuriate irrigators and fishermen.
I believe it’s time we got our priorities right and recognise productivity as the first priority for water use.
In order to ensure the best outcome, environmental issues should be dealt with via a cost benefit analysis and not according to some ill-conceived thought bubble, hatched by well-meaning meddlers in inner city Melbourne or Sydney.
None of us like to see a fish kill. But many of us would like to see impractical, wasteful environmental extremism die.
Water that was bought to save the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin may be damaging it.
A resident living on the banks of the Goulburn River says because of recent environmental flow events, he’s watching the banks of the river fall apart.
David Miles, a pig farmer from Kotupna, says the use of the water in summer rather than winter has damaged the river system.
He says up to three metres of river banks have fallen into the water already, and if authorities don’t change how they are using water, they are risking more damage.
“All perennial grasses and annual grasses are dying,” he said.
“The acacias up to the level the environmental flows reached are now all dead.
“I don’t think that would have been their choice, but now the bank is slipping in and eroding.
“It’s eroded more in just over 12 months than it did in just over 27 years.”
Other residents in the region have also complained about damage, but flows are only going to become more frequent.
Under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, at least 2,750 gigalitres of water will be available for use as environmental flow.
That is a much larger amount than authorities have had in the past.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is responsible for the delivery of environmental water in northern Victoria and says it’s still learning about the impacts from flows.
It has set up cameras to monitor damage in the lower Goulburn.
However, CEO Chris Norman says environmental water will change the river system.
“There has always been impacts on the streams through any flows, so it’s actually a natural event that the river is affected by flows up and down.
“So you do see slumping and erosion, it’s quite a natural process.”
Mr Miles says it is almost impossible to repair the damage.
“The river is going to get bigger and bigger, which it doesn’t need to do. Trees that wouldn’t have fallen in are starting to fall in now.
“I just hope that somebody sees that this is a real disaster.”