The Queensland Water Commission has released its draft SEQ Water Strategy. It contains no discussion on any of the above issues. Quite frankly I find it an insult to my intelligence. I also find it deeply disturbing that water professionals in Queensland have accepted what the Commission has said.
There are many other issues that I have not canvassed. Many professional people have questioned the hydrologic analysis and the only answer they get is “Trust us, we know what we are doing.” The effect of climate change on the efficacy of the dam will only be reviewed after the dam is being built.
Peak oil is a fact, not a theory. Like it or not we are about to experience some very nasty effects. The government’s own McNamara Report states that arable land close to population centres is crucial. This dam takes much productive land away. Couple this with the fact that the Lockyer Valley has been mining water for decades and in many places the mine has almost run out. So we lose one area due to overuse and flood the other.
This issue is of national importance. It is far more important than the Franklin Dam but it is not on the national agenda. Perhaps this is because the land to be flooded does not look as spectacular as that on the Franklin. Perhaps it is due to the very clever and brutal spin by the Queensland government.
If this dam proceeds, history will judge the perpetrators very poorly. There are many much better alternatives such as: