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ACT is drought-free

By Kerces - 28 October 2005 27

The ABC brings the good news that the drought is officially over, in the ACT at least (and there was much rejoicing).

Environment Minister Jon Stanhope said three of our four dams are now overflowing and as a result the Stage 2 water restrictions will be lifted.

However, he warns this doesn’t mean there is to be free-for-all water wastage and a return to the high consumption levels of the bad ole days.

“The centrepiece of the announcement today is that we are asking Canberrans to no longer, for instance, water lawns during the day ever,” he said.

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ACT is drought-free
bonfire 2:38 pm 28 Oct 05

i think we have to step away from teh 4 seasons mentailtty that has lingered on from our european forebears.

the aboriginals in some areas have a concept of three seasons.

since i read about it, i see it as more apt for this area.

in a few hundred years maybe the cycle of arid and non-arid ( i dont like the term drought) will be nderstood, and planned for.

farmers and rural folk can maximise profits during non-arid periods (of several years) and perform maintenance or *gasp* go on a holiday when its arid.

i think population limits might be foreseen, but it would be better to establish new population growth areas, such as on wa coast between perth and the ord river region, where this population can grow.

do we need more dams in canberra ? i dont know, but some serious research outside adversarial politics and green softheadedness needs to be conducted.

Thumper 2:17 pm 28 Oct 05

Very perceptive Che. I was thinking the same thing.

hard to sell water if no-one is allowed to use it.

che 2:10 pm 28 Oct 05

any bets that the folks at ACTEW bleeting on that they’re losing profits because people aren’t using as much water didn’t influence this announcement

DT 1:55 pm 28 Oct 05

ABC missed the thrust of the story. They’ve brought in a new, long-term scheme of water conservations measures. So we’ve gone from stage 2 restrictions to stage 1 conservation measures which, as I understand it, are permanent.

bulldog 1:33 pm 28 Oct 05

Scary stuff that Goulburn is still in that much trouble, and here we are less than 100km’s away lifting restriction… We should be planning for the future becasue I’m fuct if I’m going to pay more for water in ten years because Sonic the Hedgehog has sat idle after having his ass saved from having to spend up on ‘our water crisis’.

LurkerGal 1:31 pm 28 Oct 05

Did he really say that? Word for word? “for instance, water lawns during the day ever”

Dammit I actually VOTED for that man, can you believe it.

All that’s missing is an “ever EVER”.

Growling Ferret 1:22 pm 28 Oct 05

To show how hit and miss the rain has been, Goulburn is still on Level 5 restrictions with less than 20% water capacity available for consumption, coming into summer…

http://goulburn.local-e.nsw.gov.au/roads/1439/1858.html

Thumper 1:10 pm 28 Oct 05

Water restrictions are vital in this country.

In case you have’nt noticed it doesn’t rain alot. okay, we get these false spells of hope like now, but come mid january and everyone will be wondering when it will again rain.

bulldog 1:09 pm 28 Oct 05

Social Control? I don’t see it that way, I see it as the government encouraging people who have no intention of doing the right thing and behaving responsibly to comply for the greater good.

Ralph 12:58 pm 28 Oct 05

Water restrictions are just another crude attempt at social control. Get rid of them.

Thumper 12:51 pm 28 Oct 05

What? You mean, have fun at the government’s expence? In Canberra?

bonfire 12:43 pm 28 Oct 05

i think there should be a cracker night to celebrate!

Thumper 12:39 pm 28 Oct 05

I’d keep the restrictions, afterall, we get by on them.

And this is Australia so you never know if its going to rain again especially given the forecasts for a very hot and long summer.

Spitfire3 12:30 pm 28 Oct 05

Hooray for our brave leader for providing water from the heavens!

bulldog 12:23 pm 28 Oct 05

Am I the only one concerned that the restrictions will be lifted altogether? I’m fairly confident that most Canberrans will do the right thing, but I can see problems brewing down the track. Thoughts?

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