ABC Radio National story on the bottled water industry on Saturday November 9, 2019. Click here.
Here’s a little listening for you – the water mining feature on BayFM on November 7, 2019. Click here.
The Tweed Shire Council is looking to change the Local Environment Plan. The net, direct effect of the removal of clause 7.15 is to effectively prevent further water bottling industry encroachment into our shire.
Water bottling is inherently wasteful and the industry is based on a litany of lies around the alleged health effects and purity of bottled water.
But there’s a problem. The removal of that clause doesn’t stop the existing water miners from applying to expand their operations and there is no provision for their operations to be wound back – even though they are allegedly operating outside their general terms of approval and the conditions of their development applications.
It needs undoing
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.
Never give up.
Slideshow above by Richard Deem. Many thanks!!
Bad language by Pat.
Click here to see the individual allocations, hours of operation and calculations alleging they are taking way more than they are approved for.
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 is due out on October 30 2019. Watch this space.