CHANGE: Paul Bosman, of Estella, is worried about relying too heavily on renewable energy and says Australia needs coal and nuclear – or face the consequences.Fix the problemWhat will it take for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to admit that water policy developed over the past decade has been a national disaster? Recent floods highlight the flaws inthe Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The Water Act, developed by Mr Turnbull when he was Water Minister, is the basis of the disastrous Basin Plan.
There is a strong theory that Mr Turnbull does not want water policy on the agenda because he knows the present issues are a direct result of his poor policy.
But we need to stop worrying about political careers and start focusing on the changes that are essential to achieve desired results.
We want a Basin Plan that is fair – one that cares for the environment and the people who live in the Basin.
We want a plan that respects individuals and is implemented by an organisation that wants to work with their fellow Australians who live, work and breathe the landscape. That’s not what we have at the moment.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority, which implements the Basin Plan, appears to have no respect for the people its decisions adversely affectand this has been again highlighted during recent flood events. These flood events have surely proven beyond any doubt that flow targets of the Basin Plan cannot be met.
There are two serious concerns in our region – the first is that flood events like we have just experienced could become quite regular; the second is that no one is willing to admit there is a problem.
The flood has caused millions of dollars in damage and lost income, with a total bill that could end up in the hundreds of millions when all repairs to infrastructure on public and private land are taken into account. Taxpayers are the ones who will end up being responsible for a large portion of this bill.
There is huge frustration in rural communities. Despite all the signs that communities are hurting and the Basin Plan needs some adjustment, it is put in the ‘too hard basket’ by politicians and the ‘it’s not my problem’ basket by bureaucrats.
Well, it doesn’t have to be so hard and our community is ready and willing to work on solutions to the various problems.
But you cannot fix a problem until you admit you have one, which seems to be the first big step that politicians and the MDBA alike need to take.
Shelley ScoullarDeniliquin‘Catastrophic’ renewable energyAndrew Bray, national co-ordinator of the Australian Wind Alliance, writes in his column of September 26 “the latest research by Ernst & Young and the Climate Council shows more than 28,000 jobs could be created across the country if Australia generated 50 per cent of its power from the wind, sun and waves by 2030”.
It all sounds so wonderful and ideal, what better future could we wish for? But we must be absolutely realistic in every respect and not just idealistic.
There have been and there will be times when no energy is obtained from wind, sun and waves. There will be times of lack, or absence, of wind, sun and waves, through natural weather vagaries or man-made disasters.
For this reason alone it is imperative that a very significant proportion of electricity needs of NSW be generated by means of coal and nuclear. I don’t pretend to be an expert on electricity supply but this is really a matter of common sense.
It is very dangerous and highly irresponsible to put all our eggs in one basket. It is therefore essential that we obtain energy from various sources including coal and nuclear. And if we don’t – then face the very dire consequences.
Our state and federal governments must be wise, realistic and visionary for the long term good of us, the people of Australia.
Paul BosmanEstellaThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.