The most recent controversial issue, the water cap, wasn’t controversial …

Comment on Uncertainties about our water by Steve Brown.

The most recent controversial issue, the water cap, wasn’t controversial in itself or rather it shouldn’t have been if some pretty low level thinking hadn’t also concluded that the cap should also apply to the growth of our town and any possible industry development.
Perhaps if we use different terms, those who seek to use any argument they can to frustrate growth in our region will find it a little more difficult to turn it into anti growth propaganda.
Of course there is a maximum sustainable yield from the Mereenie aquifer which you can describe as a “cap” on the amount you are going to take out.
We don’t actually know what that amount is, by the way, and the figure that has been in use is simply a guess! An extremely conservative guess! Applying to just a tiny portion of the entire aquifer.
What the previous argument didn’t tell you is that there are also many alternatives for supplying water to our town.
There are other aquifers and just like the rest of the world, we can build dams. There is the Great Artesian Basin not very far away and we can run pipelines all the way from the north if necessary, opening up the vast spaces of Central Australia to agriculture along the way.
Yes, of course there, is a limit on what can be taken from Mereenie.
That is why research into its true capacity is so important, especially into the great unknown recharge, as it is of paramount importance to sustainable yield.
This is not acknowledged in the present calculations. However, even without recharge, the field is calculated to be able to deliver considerably larger quantities than we presently use for 300 to 400 years.
What is really important to note is that our town is not in any way constrained by that limit. Reaching it simply forces us to explore other opportunities. And of course a smart Government would start doing that long before it was absolutely necessary.
But don’t panic, we do have at least a couple of hundred years before that becomes urgent.
The real shame in all of this is that because we are guessing and being so conservative about it, we are possibly and in fact very likely missing enormous opportunities for development in agriculture in the meantime.
A further point arising from this article are Indigenous water rights.
Aboriginals are people, Australian citizens. Their interests are not in any way separate or different to the rest of the community. They are one and the same! Indigenous water rights do not exist as a separate issue.
Attempts to make it so are racist. We absolutely must end further segregation amongst fellow Australians and we absolutely must stop using the Aboriginal name to justify the setting up of additional parasitic agencies that claim “Indigenous Water Rights” as some kind of separate issue.
How do water rights vary between a white farmer or station owner and an Aboriginal person? The same goes for fishing, boating, drinking, gardening any use you can think of? The answer is that they do not! We are all Australians, equally! Attempts to interfere with that equality are attempts to lessen one party or another’s equality! Racism takes many forms. This is one of them.

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Uncertainties about our water
What utter garbage Russell! There is now supposedly an environmental difference between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal land? Not that I can see!
It doesn’t matter who owns the land, they are entitled to negotiate water extraction! As for culture, everybody has culture, how does that have anything to do with water rights? The answer is that it doesn’t.
What happens is that the usual parasitic patronisers of Aboriginal people trot culture and environmental differences out as if that demonstrates some kind of need for their interference.
Condescending bureaucratic concern with an eye firmly fixed on the funding stream! These are the true usurpers Russell! Creating division, making excuses to inflict their supposed expertise, patronising arms round the shoulders while making paternalistic decisions for Aboriginal People.
Nobody gets paid to negotiate my water rights. How many wage packets do you think there are negotiating Aboriginal water rights?
The world will be a much better place when Aboriginal people are treated just exactly the same as everybody else when we all realise that Aboriginal people don’t require the input of every blow-in dead-beat drop-out who has the astounding audacity to presume superiority.
As a born and bred Centralian who has spent his entire life with Aboriginal people I am sick of being lectured about Aboriginal culture by disaffected white blow-ins, often with the word doctor in front of their name which of course means that they know more about being Aboriginal and especially their culture than Aboriginal people do themselves. It’s time we pushed these people out of our lives put them on the garbage heap where they belong, because Russell, they are the true usurpers. The usurpers of other people’s humanity and individuality, along with their right to be recognised and treated as equal Australian citizens.


Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
Oddly enough Domeninco, from around 1984 I’ve noted an escalating deterioration of our town’s earlier strengths and character.
Those of us who are amongst the town’s earliest families, the builders of the Alice and other towns in the Territory, understood what it took to create healthy, well balanced, economically viable, communities.
Unfortunately the vibrancy once driven by a very healthy private sector has long since given way to petty bureaucracy and welfareism along with all the blow in petty politic of envy and ignorance those sectors brought with them.
Replacing vibrancy, hope and belief with a petty mentality of obstructionism and envy, glaring down, standing in the way of, anything that might create, dare I say, the dirty words economic progress!
This attempt to save an ugly, rotten old, asbestos riddled building of no architectural merit is just another example of that moronic stifling mentality.
Crime and corruption about which these people winge constantly, flourishes in places that don’t offer hope and progress!
Sloth and disillusionment flourish in places of bureaucratic overload and petty envious obstructionism!
To clean our town up, to get it moving, to offer hope, we need to deal with those things!
We simply must learn to walk right on bye the wingers, specially the blow-in wingers, and to get right on with building our town, a place of enormous potential if only it is given enough air to breathe.


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
There is absolutely nothing architecturally noteworthy about this crappy old building, just because a particular person visited, walked past, looked at or went to this school doesn’t make it a place that must be preserved!
It would hang like a millstone around the community’s collective necks for perpetuity.
This building has been sitting there rotting for years yet you suddenly find a deep underlying passion and love for it when another use for its location is found?
I cry BS on this claim!
You are simply being obstructionist! As per usual I might add!
Keeping old completely un-noteworthy buildings in premier positions simply creates an enormously expensive ulcerating rot in the central locations of town, forcing us to extend our CBD over a wider and wider area destroying along with that expansion any chance of creating a thriving central CBD.
So while there certainly are buildings that are noteworthy and worth preserving despite this fact ie Flynn Church and Adelaide House etc.
Much less noteworthy building such as this old school must give way to the new!


Private forecaster tips massive rains for Alice
Heavy rains will certainly be welcome, no doubt about it Ed, but 30 to 50mm is a long way short of what’s required to produce floods like the one pictured.
That kind of flood requires closer to 200mm over a fairly short period of time … wouldn’t that be nice?


Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action
@ Evelyn: While I agree with the general intent of your comment it is important to note for the interested children’s education, that neither their action nor any taken by this nation will have the slightest effect on the world climate! Even if we could completely halt all of our carbon production tomorrow, it would not make the slightest difference to climate change.
So by all means kids work towards a cleaner environment, cleaner air and cleaner oceans, but don’t be taken for a ride by those who seek to create irrational fears about your own beautiful world, through politically motivated, fear mongering garbage, about climate change.
It is a natural part of our world and always will be!
The thing we really do need to need fear and guard against, are the mindless efforts of indoctrinated climate fanatics who seek through their ignorance and city bred real world isolation, to do something irrational about planetary warming.
It would benefit everyone to keep in mind that a warming climate is a more productive climate, while on the other hand a cooling climate very quickly becomes a threat to all life on earth, through starvation!
Let’s hope we get to sit somewhere in between. In the meantime there is one very real threat we should all fight and guard against, the life threatening efforts of climate science to artificially interfere with our climate. One stupid mistake and “Winter really will be coming”!


‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions
Didn’t Robyn spruik long and loud the benefits of having an Independent Member for Araluen?
Now she is completely bound up in petty squabbling about more resources.
And not one single question to Government about things that affect the rest of us.
While the Territory goes to hell in a hand basket!
No pressure on Government at all!
Talk about ineffective.
You are payed a dam good wage plus expenses. Write your own speeches and for the Territory’s sake, get on with the job.
[ED – Mr Brown was the CLP candidate for Araluen.]


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