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Time to have a say on Cotter Dam enlargement

By johnboy 11 October 2008 26

The way taxpayer funded TV advertising would have you believe it the Cotter Dam expansion is already underway.

So I’m absolutely fascinated to see ACTEW slip out the door today, a Saturday, a call for public comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

So, either the project is actually still in a pre-approval phase, or they don’t plan on actually listening to the public comment?

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Granny 6:09 pm 14 Oct 08

All those quoted paragraphs were a transcript of statements made by the Commissioner for Sustainability, Dr Maxine Cooper, at the September meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council.

This is not a statement I am making. However, since she’s gone to the trouble of collating all the research for the ACT State of the Environment report, I really have no reason to doubt that she knows what she’s talking about.

welkin31 5:59 pm 14 Oct 08

Thank you RuffnReady for keeping me on the strait n narrow re the need for an EIS.
You said, “Have to laugh though – I’m surprised that one of the parties hasn’t promised the electorate MORE RAIN to fill the increased capacity of the dam when completed, since that is actually the problem isn’t it? lmao”
Can I plead the liberty to say.
The problem is more complex than you state, the Googong Dam was built in the 1970’s, obviously population has grown since and pollies have all been happy to ignore the need for more water supply capacity.
Since 2001 we know rain has not been brilliant but is no worse than previous periods since records began, for example the 1940’s and prior. We are not in a “long drought”, simply in a lower rain part of normal cyclic changes in climate. So there is nothing about rain of the last several years that should not have been anticipated at some point by savvy planners.
Granny wraps up by saying “I mean, water’s always a big problem”
No Granny, we have made water a big problem by allowing ourselves to be totally run-over by unscientific Green anti-dam dogmas, thus not prudently engineering water supply systems to meet demand within the likely range of rainfall. For our capitals there have been no major dams built for circa 25 years, the Thomson was 1983 and Warragamba last significant augmenting was I think in 1960. In the ACT, some response of the size of the new Cotter should have been underway in 2002. Now I doubt it will be built, unless a high proportion of voters put the Greens well down their lists on Saturday.

Adza 8:52 pm 12 Oct 08

canberra towie said :


Dam you.

Granny 6:51 pm 12 Oct 08

Frankly, it’s dam well not good enough … *hyuk hyuk*

Footloose 6:36 pm 12 Oct 08

WMC, are you off your meds?

Monomainia – The dam doohicky controls the flow of water so the dam people can turn the dam tap on and off. Does that answer your dam question? 😉

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:42 pm 12 Oct 08

As someone who actually attended one of the community consultation workshops regarding the recreation areas at the cotter, let me tell you what I learnt.

NO YOUR LYING STANHOPE=DEVIL ther were no conulstations and teh govnment never listens

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