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ACT to soon own Googong?

By Thumper - 15 January 2008 15

I’m not sure how this one slipped through but the ABC is reporting that ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says progress is being made to acquire ownership of Googong Dam now that there is a Federal Labor Government.

Whether or not it is a Federal Labor government is simply an unwarranted backhander at the previous federal government, something Stanhope has become famous for. And I believe that talks about the ACT owning Googong started under the Howard regime and were actually quite productive.

However, the idea that Canberra can actually own the dam from where its water comes from appeals to me.

By all means Mr Stanhope, go for it. Afterall, your office has indicated that it’s those nasty New South Welshmen ( and women) that are clogging up our hospitals.

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ACT to soon own Googong?
JC 5:06 pm 16 Jan 08

There is also the othe reason, ACTEW runs the thing and has done so from before the days of self government. imagine putting in for the up keep of something you really don’t own. As I said above the whole issue was stuff up from the transition days of self government.

RAGD 4:00 pm 16 Jan 08

Thank you for pointing that out, that makes sense now. I am truly sorry I was not up with the national water policy, hence the reason why I asked. geez..

S4anta 3:45 pm 16 Jan 08

try legislative annexation. Under the national water policy, if you ‘own’ the land that the dam is ‘over’, you have the rights to dictate whom does what to the body of water. i am sure the term guarranteed supply rings a bell.

RAGD 3:38 pm 16 Jan 08

Thanks S4anta. Still does not explain the gain to ACT. How does the ACT benefit ?

S4anta 3:32 pm 16 Jan 08

@RAGD
ever heard the saying ‘posession(sp?.fux) is 9/10’s of the law?

RAGD 2:59 pm 16 Jan 08

Can anyone tell me what the gain for ACT is to own the dam?? Not being sacarstic or anything, just want to know what the ACT would get out of it by ‘owning’ it?

boomacat 11:37 am 16 Jan 08

I think this whole aggro over NSW vs ACT shows just how broken our version of federalism is.

Having said that, tell those dodgy NSW’men to go clog up their own hospitals! B@stards!

Thumper 11:25 am 16 Jan 08

It’s probably because it’s happening and Stanhope is now going to claim it as a victory via his new federal mates…

Dante 10:48 am 16 Jan 08

I remember reading Sen. Humphries claiming a victory last year before the election in relation to this matter.. it might have been on here as well!

In fact, it was. http://the-riotact.com/?p=6149

So why has this not happened yet?

VYBerlinaV8 9:33 am 16 Jan 08

Who really cares who owns it? As long as all those who need access to the water within do so, then it’s a non-issue. Instead of wasting time on something like this, how about our pollies do something useful (like getting a new dam built).

Sammy 8:31 am 16 Jan 08

Indeed, the Liberals turned Googong into an election issue in an attempt to sway voters in Eden Monaro.

JC 2:04 am 16 Jan 08

You guys have a very short memory, or probably more to the point when it comes to making a political statement. Googong was meant to be transfered to the ACT at the time of self government, which along with several other things was never done properly. The previous government was more than happy to fix up the sanfu until it became an election issue for them. Same too with NSW. Gee ACTEW are the ones who control it, run it and for the past year have been filling it with water from the other dam ‘system’ within the ACT.

Pandy 8:58 pm 15 Jan 08

We need to capture their nuclear football.

Thumper 4:10 pm 15 Jan 08

Frankly I think it’s a Stanhope flsh in the pan to boost the ‘New federalism’.

I can’t see the Commonwealth giving up their land and water, it would piss NSW off to much and they are a big state with lots of people and even more money.

Skidbladnir 4:04 pm 15 Jan 08

Googong Dam was the target of everyone’s desires when it came to water.

Pru Goward and Pete “Magic Budgiesmugglers” Debnam were looking to build a pipeline from Googong to Goulburn with 50% federal funding if the Coalition won NSW and Federal elections.
But they had this strange idea that it was part of the snowy catchment, and was up to 80% capacity last January.

The idea of Googong being ACT or Federal property has been something strange for years, with talks swinging a pendulum from “Things are on track for the ACT to own it” and what was outlined in the ‘Summary of Legal Responsibilities for Cross Border Water Supply between the ACT and NSW’ MoU from 2006 to the bizarre “The Federal Govt can build any pipeline it likes, from Googong to Goulburn or elsewhere, as the dam is still and will always be Commonwealth property.” stance pre-NSW election.

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