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Rookwood Weir - what a waste of money
At last someone has been game enough to declare that "The Emperor has No Clothes". ( - but nobody is listening, including The Rockhampton Morning Bully and all politicians,)
Infrastructure Australia has announced in a media release on 13 July 2018 that the costs of the project are likely to exceed benefits, and that the weir will deliver much more water than what's actually needed.
Infrastructure Australia says the business case does not support the short and long-term reasons for building the weir.
"The short-term need to provide an additional 4,000 megalitres of water to the Livingstone Shire Council region does not currently require the construction of a weir which could provide 76,000 megalitres each year," the body says in an assessment released on Friday. It also points to an uncertain demand for water for irrigated agriculture.
"The other driver for the project - connecting the Lower Fitzroy River to Awoonga Dam to diversify supply - is a longer-term need and most likely not required until 2037," it says.
"There is significant risk with the uncertain demand for additional water, particularly for irrigated agriculture."
Infrastructure Australia said more work needed to be done to strike binding customer agreements for the water the weir would provide, and therefore greater economic certainty.
"Infrastructure Australia has not included the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project (Rookwood Weir) as a Priority Project on the Infrastructure Priority List at this time."
In spite of this, politicians of all major parties, including Council mayors, are lining up to support this ridiculous project which has really become just a "make work" scheme.
In a breathtaking piece of nonsense logic, politicians are blatently saying that the weir can provide for irrigated agriculture and prevent Rockhampton from running out of water in dry years. Well, if you use the water for agriculture, then in dry years there will be nothing left to save Rocky. You can't have both.
CCC has long opposed the spending of a huge amount of taxpayer money on an enormous white elephant. This weir will greatly reduce the habitat of the two turtles that inhabit the Fitzroy River. See Rookwood page
Middle Island Underwater Observatory (MIUO)
Read here CCC's summary of concerns regarding the safety and condition of Middle Island Underwater Observatory. Could the saga of Tower’s rusting Tower of Fable be a lost sketch from BBC’s “Yes Minister” or “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” – King of Swamp Castle: “When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. And that one sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that’s what you’re going to get, Son, the strongest castle in all of England.”
Outraged? Here’s some useful contacts to state your views:
GBRMPA: (07) 4750 0700
QPWS Marine Parks: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Federal MP for Capricornia: (07) 4922 6604
State MP for Keppel: (07) 4939 5732
Federal Environment Minister: https://onlineservices.environment.gov.au/contact-your-minister
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