Our Water

Who Owns the Rights to our Water?

 

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Why?  I ask?  Why do we sell so much of our country?

Bushfires are common in the country but scientists say this year's season has come earlier and with more intensity due to a prolonged drought and hotter-than-usual temperatures. Pictured is a fire danger rating on Saturday at the Mangrove Dam in Central Coast 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7780983/Foreign-company-sells-89-billion-litres-Australian-water-rights-490m-drought.html?ito=email_share_article-image-share

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The furore about Chinese companies buying up Australia are based on recent facts, but lets not forget that American, British / European and Japanese companies have been doing the same for many, many more years than the Chinese.  Do a check on how many Australian farms and corporations with Australian offices based on those are owned  or have been  owned by them.

Chinese companies are only a recent phenonema. We have been systemtically raped and our ecomomy drained by our so called 'friends' since before WW11 and exponentially thereafter.

And check on the origins of the near 200 companies who have either paid NO TAX to us very little tax compared with billion dollars overall profits, all with  the pernmission of the so called 'responsible' politicians who allowed them to do so legally.

I personally listened  in to a radio broadcast many years ago when an interviewed  retired ATO chief had been advised  by those below that Toyota had refused to pay their tax bill (Thats right, the word was REFUSED)  The ATO had to bring it to the attention of the minister responsible for his permission before he could take  action, who got back to him and told him to DROP  the issue as Toyota had theratened to close down its operations and put hundreds of workers out off work !

Political blackmail of an Australian politician who did not have the courage  to advertise to the public what Toyota had done!  If he had  he would likely have lost his position and the perks that came with it.

Anyone remember this??

Not just the Chinese business people as in aggregate  they are still  minor players compared with all those others

 

John

 

Gough Whitlam wanted to buy our resources back for the Australian people. Maybe his intention to do that contributed to his downfall.

 

Murray-Darling Basin's importance to Australia

The Murray-Darling Basin covers 1,062,025 km2 or approximately one-seventh (13.8%) of the total area of mainland Australia (7,692,024 square kilometres).

It contains over 40% of all Australian farms, which produce wool, cotton, wheat, sheep, cattle, dairy produce, rice, oil-seed, wine, fruit and vegetables for both domestic and overseas markets. As Australia's most important agricultural region, the Basin produces one third of Australia's food supply and supports over a third of Australia's total gross value of agricultural production.

Three quarters of Australia's irrigated crops and pastures are grown in the Basin. While agricultural production is vital to our economy, the Murray-Darling Basin is much more than simply a "food basket". It has an important place in the cultural heritage of all Australians and includes many significant natural heritage features.

The national capital Canberra, is located in the Basin along with many of Australia's major inland urban centres including Toowoomba, Bendigo, Albury, Wodonga, Tamworth, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga, Queanbeyan and Shepparton. Over 2 million people live in the Basin.

The States in the Murray-Darling Basin include, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT.

The Basin's most valuable resource is water. The water in the Murray-Darling river system comes from a very small percentage of the Basin area; mainly along the southern and eastern rim. Almost 86% of the vast 'catchment' area contributes very little or no regular run-off to rivers.

The rivers have very low gradients over most of their length, which cause them to flow slowly as they meander across the vast inland plains.

 

 

Cubbie station

With development has come friction over access to water. 

Cubbie station is the largest irrigation property in the southern hemisphere.

It has water licences for 460GL (the equivalent of 184,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools) and, in a good year, can grow 200 square kilometres of cotton.Cubbie Station tours Murray-Darling councillors through its controversial cotton holding to show there's no water

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-10-29/councillors-tour-controversial-cotton-farm-cubbie-station/11649426

 

 

I have no problem with agriculturists and  pasturalists buying water.  What I object to is investors treating water as a trading commodity, if you can't prove that you need this resource, you should not be able to purchase it, if you buy water stock and don't use it it should be given to those that need it with no refund given to you.

Apparently SA are culling 10,000 ferral camels tomorrow because they drink too much water and they emit too much gas!

 

A massive cull of feral camels in South Australia has been ordered to stop the pests from wreaking havoc as they search for water in the drought-ravaged region (pictured: camels grazing at Kings Creek Station in the Northern Territory)  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7858237/More-10-000-Australian-camels-die-drink-water.html?ito=email_share_article-image-share 

A massive cull of feral camels in South Australia has been ordered to stop the pests from wreaking havoc as they search for water in the drought-ravaged region.

So now it's the camels fault for so-called global warming because they fart too much

...what about exterminating some of these decision maker people seeing the world is overpopulated.

The camels did not ask to be brought here

.....it was the humans that brought them here.

Perhaps the ammunitions retailers are short of business due to the fires and they thought this up.

Not fair on the camels for sure, we should start an industry with them beside selling them.  Encourage wealthy Arabs here to have camel racing!  The come for the horse racing.

Perhaps the ammunitions retailers are short of business due to the fires and they thought this up.

Not fair on the camels for sure, we should start an industry with them beside selling them.  Encourage wealthy Arabs here to have camel racing!  The come for the horse racing.

Despite the new water importation, an 80-litre water restriction per person per day will remain in place for Stanthorpe residents (an earlier and more lenient 100-litre restriction in the town in October)

 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7884855/Queensland-town-runs-water-Chinese-company-given-green-light-extract-water-area.html?ito=email_share_article-image-share 

Despite the new water importation, an 80-litre water restriction per person per day will remain in place for Stanthorpe residents (an earlier and more lenient 100-litre restriction in the town in October)

That article led me to wonder who was responsible for granting the water licence Celia so I went searching for further information and found this in The Guardian:

  The water minister, David Littleproud, centre, and the treasurer, Josh Fydenberg, right, visit Stanthorpe, Queensland

 The water minister, David Littleproud, centre, and the treasurer, Josh Fydenberg, right, visit Stanthorpe, Queensland. Residents in Stanthorpe were put under extreme water restrictions the day after a Chinese owned water mining operation was approved. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

A Chinese-owned company has been granted approval to run a 96m litre a year commercial water mining operation in severely drought-hit southern Queensland, where locals are on water rations and communities at imminent risk of running dry.

Last week the Southern Downs regional council approved a development application for the company, Joyful View Garden Real Estate Development Resort Pty Ltd, to operate a water extraction and distribution facility at Cherrabah, a large property at Elbow Valley near the Queensland-New South Wales border.

The following day the council implemented extreme water restrictions for residents at the nearby towns of Warwick and Stanthorpe, limiting residents to 80L a day.

Running on empty: Tamborine Mountain and the growing anger over water mining  Read more

Stanthorpe is expected to run out of drinking water within weeks.

Neighbours of Cherrabah have told Guardian Australia they have not had a reliable water supply at their properties for more than a year, and have been trucking water in on a regular basis. Some cattle properties have removed all their cattle.

 

“I don’t understand how it is allowed to happen,” one resident says. “If that water drains away from the shallow aquifers, it affects our long-term viability.”

Joyful View is ultimately owned by Chinese investors Wenxing and Wenwei Ma. The company had attempted to build a large-scale luxury resort at the remote property but pulled the proposal in 2016 after planning and environmental difficulties, including concern for a local population of spotted-tailed quolls.

The water extraction licence for the property was first issued by the Queensland government in 2008 and extended in 2016 to allow Joyful View to pump 96m litres from the aquifer until 2111 – another 92 years. Council documents show the company plans to send the water to a bottling plant on the Gold Coast.

A local newspaper, the Southern Free Times, reported that councillors who voted in favour of the development application at a 18 December meeting said they had no power to regulate groundwater extraction, which was a state responsibility.

It appears the Chinese company bought the property and applied for the licence to extract and sell the water before the current drought hit the region. That licence should be revoked by the state government and the council now that the circumstances have changed. All of our governments have been so slack about planning for climate change outcomes, like drought and bushfire. They have all let the Australian people down.

It beggars belief doesn't it.  Our forefathers must be rolling in their graves.  I am old enough to remember when Brisbane didn't even have running tap water.  I grew up in what is now considered an inner-city suburb, but back then we relied on tanks for our water.

I used to say if my Dad had lived till the 80s' or 90s' he would have been shaking his head at the fact that we were now paying for the water that fell from the sky.

He would never get his head around the fact that we are now trading it on the stock exchange.  For that matter, neither can I.

It does beggar belief! I can't get my head around the whole water trading thing either. It's our most precious resource so why are they fiddling with it? Money before people's survival it seems. Why don't they start building a whole lot more desalination plants and start piping water inland. We really do need to act NOW. I don't think more dams will be the answer if it keeps getting hotter and hotter. 

 

Half flush four times a day for each person!

The council has told its ratepayers that new restriction translates to no more than 90 seconds of shower time using a non-water efficient shower head

 

 

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