27 January 2011

Rattenbury savages Actew over urban wetland unorthodoxy

| johnboy
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The Greens’ water guy Shane Rattenbury is displeased that Actew has had the temerity to make a submission to the Hawke Review of the ACT Public service critical of the Urban Wetlands as not a very clever way to conserve water.

“On the issue of the Urban Wetlands Project, it was really disappointing to see the Territory owned Corporation describe the project so narrowly.

“While saving on non-potable water was part of the benefit of Urban Wetlands, they also create important habitat, increasing biodiversity.

“The wetlands are also a part of the amenity of Canberra and part of renewing our cities natural beauty for citizens to enjoy,” Mr Rattenbury said.

The Urban Wetlands project is a policy commitment won by the Greens in the ACT Greens/ALP Parliamentary Agreement.

This will be a tricky one for Dr Hawke, who’s also on the board of Actew.

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It’s just the beginning of the process of complete privatisation of the water supply isn’t it? Someone in ACTEW must be making a nice cash money bonus from an outside corporate interest for trying to push privatisation of water services I’d say because what is the point of it? Complete water privatisation has occured in some other countries and has been a disaster. Like britain for example, the only thing that changed regarding their water supply is that the cost went up %450 and they have the power to cut your water off if you don’t pay.

What is wrong with water services now? Absolutely nothing, you turn on the tap and the best water in Australia comes out of it EVERY TIME. Privatisation of some things and capitalism is GREAT, but not for the water supply. The main factor in keeping YOU alive, you want some rich exec to have that kind of power over you? Stand up people they are trying to sneak this through. Someone stands to make a profit from it that is the only reason it is being suggested.

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