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Times have changed.
Australia was a penal colony, once women were not allowed to vote, once
indigenous people were treated as livestock, once equal marriage was
just a fairy tale.
Water mining can be wound back and indeed it must be.
These people never give up. 24 hours a day, they truck water out. Private profit at the expense of a community asset.
Slideshow above by Richard Deem. Many thanks! Bad language by Pat.
We’ve been busy.
The Tweed Water Alliance has been fighting water mining since early 2017.
The fight is not over by a long shot.
The New South Wales government under Water Minister Niall Blair implemented an inquiry through the Office of the Chief Scientist to examine the sustainability of the bottled water industry. The National Party are worried because farmers are seeing groundwater depleted.
We addressed that inquiry with the points:
- There is no valid science, at all, that says water mining is sustainable.
- Water miners have been extracting multiples of their allocations outlined in their development applications through Tweed Shire Council and the the NSW Office of Water.
- That water is extracted, carted to a bottling plant and put into one-use plastic bottles is utterly unsustainable. It doesn’t even pass the barbeque test.
- The industry comprehensively fails the public interest test.
- Water mining provides no benefit for the community whatsoever and we publicly challenge the industry to provide us with evidence of the alleged job creation. There isn’t any.
The interim report was released in early March 2019. We’re never clapped eyes on a greater bucket of self-serving hogwash. It was an embarrassment and we have responded to the interim report with comprehensive documentation on why it’s an embarrassment.
Political stitch-up is the kindest way of describing it.
The final paper was due out on October 30 2019. Watch this space.