Hal and Steve, Note, my letter deliberately DID NOT mention the …

Comment on LETTER: Removing sand from the Todd makes no sense as a flood mitigation measure by Charlie Carter.

Hal and Steve,
Note, my letter deliberately DID NOT mention the Casino causeway. I did not want to muddy the water. I wanted to concentrate on the sand removal issue. The point about the bed-level causeways is that they reflect the “natural” level of the river bed. The Casino causeway is more complex. In smaller flows (up to a 1 in 20) it reduces the river “cross-section” and therefore increases the water velocity. You do not see a sand build-up below a constriction. What happens above is complex, and beyond my expertise.
I was trying to avoid putting my relatively inexpert opinions forward, and am suggesting that we listen to the experts. I have had the benefit of sitting through the meetings and briefings that were part of the process of compiling the Flood Plain Management Plan. However, it’s 16 years ago, and like the people who see sand build up in the river, my memory is not perfect. That is why I went back to the document before I wrote. I suggest others do the same. Greg Buxton from ASTC responded to my comments on ABC Radio on Thursday.
When asked for the science to support the decision to remove sand he blustered and waffled and finished up with “observations” Peter Latz has often observed that scientific conclusions are sometimes “counter-intuitive”.
I would prefer to rely on the science in the ASFPMP than Mr. Buxton’s observations. He also misunderstood, or misrepresented, the FPMP. It does not recommend sand removal. Nor does it recommend “building bridges”. It does canvas these options, and dismisses both.
Charlie Carter

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That’s why we all live here
It was bloody marvellous even from the backyard in Eastside.


Territory: Hot and dry
1mm at Eastside.
Made a bit of mud in the bottom of the gauge.
But he petrichor was sweet and strong.
Followed by another 4mm next night.
Laid the dust, and the cool overcast was good for the recently planted replacements for the stuff that was cooked over the summer.

Gentle rain starting to fall
Galahs screeching in the dusk
A dozen on the power lines
upside down, wings spread
swinging from the wires
wetting under their wings.


Jacinta Price spits dummy
@ John Bell: You have either misrepresented or not read Marcia Langton’s article.
It is “The Folly of Jacinta Price”.
That is, the silliness of running a do-nothing, lacklustre, ranting bully who is the darling of the racist right.
Not Jacinta’s follies.
As for the snide remark about Marcia’s “follies”, I too have been around a while.
I worked closely with Marcia in Alice, and although we had our differences, I found her to be a woman of integrity with a passionate commitment to Aboriginal rights, and particularly the rights of Aboriginal women.
This is just smear by innuendo.


Speed up road building, say cattlemen
Two points:
One answer is to stop the “Gas Development”.
It is a fossil fuel.
It will soon be a stranded asset.
As usual this Territory Government is chasing last decade’s tail.
The second point is a bit tougher.
The beef industry is also on the way out.
The planet cannot support it.
That wipe out in NW Queensland is the harbinger of things to come.
Drought followed by floods.
The sensible thing would have have been to compensate the pastoralists and buy them out. Offer them jobs managing the land. Ferals, fires, weeds.
I know how hard the lifestyle change would be.
I grew up on a farm.
But taxpayer funded “relief” is an expensive non-solution.
As would be taxpayer funded road upgrades which would never be recouped, either by gas or beef.


Horses starve, rotting carcasses near homes
One suspects that Mr Shiell is well meaning.
Unfortunately his comment is incoherent and incomprehensible as usual.
If it relates to use of pheromones for mustering animals (a possible interpretation) it is off topic, irrelevant, and ignorant of animal behaviour.


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