Fish deaths an outrage
Viewing the dead fish in the Darling River and with irrigators and towns further down the river struggling with non-available water is a wake-up call to everyone. Some of these people must be considering if it's worth the effort of continuing to voice their concerns. What a catastrophe the Darling River debacle has turned into.
I can not understand why our politicians/bureaucrats and whoever else is involved could not see this end result coming. Having cotton farms on the upper Darling draining massive amounts of water from the river along with a greedy irrigator caught manipulating pumps has added to this problem.
But then I suppose people with influence could have access to many things.
With excess water in Northern Australia, has any smart politician/bureaucrat given thought if this water could be turned south to the upper reaches of the Darling River? Too hard, I hear you say.
Did our forward-thinking engineers throw in the towel when discussing the construction of the Snowy Scheme? No they did not, look what was achieved. We can do it again. If this country says it can not be achieved, then look around the world for someone who says it can.
A couple of massive projects being carried out at this moment. (eg, the widening of the Suez Canal/enormous water channel linking south China to the north because of lack of water). This demonstrates what can be achieved from countries who have foresight.
The project involving the Darling River would create thousands of new jobs in the construction phase and ongoing, with abundant water to irrigators/towns trying to scratch a living from the lack of water available to them at this time. Just consider this: Some people in these areas are having to drink bottled water in the so-called “Lucky Country”.
Has an offer of this life-saving liquid be offered to people further down the river until this foul-smelling debacle floats by. Australian people are tired of the blame game rubbish emanating from the mouths of some so-called “people representatives” of this country. No wonder we are slowly being taken over.
How about our so-called representatives do something constructive for the betterment of this once so-called "Lucky Country". What might be a good idea is to have a performance meter on these so-called "people representatives". If they don't perform to the expectation of the electorate, boot them off the gravy train.
David Beard, Rutherglen
Whose call on lights?
In the past week, two sets of traffic lights have appeared on Melrose Drive in Wodonga, one set near the Lawrence Street roundabout and one near the Brockley Street roundabout.
I wonder at the wisdom of Wodonga Council installing them. With the constant traffic at school times and the drivers that continue to block the roundabouts when the crossing has been used in the past (with flags and “Lollipop people”), how will drivers use the roundabouts with the blocking of cars at the traffic lights?
Maybe this is the idea of a “pencil pusher” in Melbourne at VicRoads. Who knows? I suppose only time will tell. But as a resident living close to both set of lights, I certainly will not be going out at school times, morning or afternoon.