In the latest City News.. (can’t find it now) has an article/letter from a Canberra person lamenting the death of trees in his city.. and in his backyard. Draconian water restrictions… leading to loss of amenity and community. Our “leafy trees and green lawns used to be an evaporative aircon” built in to our verdant land.. until that nasty gummint stopped us using water, like it was. He disputes the government advice that our trees are concurrently dying due to old age, particularly the exotics like oaks and elms, but the drought is not helping either the government admits.
Mypoic. Parochial. Nimby. Selfish. Narrow-minded. are some of the descriptors I give people like him.
I’d love to drive him out to our highest, best dam in our highest rainfall area (Corin Dam) and show him how bad things are. At roughly 50% full and falling, Corin is the backup, the reserve… the thing we will call on when times get tough. The other ‘bigger’ dam over the border in NSW (Googong) next to Queanbeyan is ineffective and low . Built in a rain shadow area.
Current levels: http://www.actewagl.com.au/water/facts/damCapacity.aspx
He needs a lesson, an example he can understand: an analogy is where a small rural hamlet has one 3,000 litre tin water tank and the 30 or so citizens have not had proper rain for 12 years. Which is the case in Canberra with no proper consistent rain since 1998. We keep using it like we used to? … that tank will empty very quick. Dam in our case.
Hey Mr “I want my water back for my trees!” .. what will your family do for water then? Buy it from Woolies?
Concerned and upset,
of Gordon, ACT.