Have there ever been any serious discussions in recent times as to why water cannot be pumped down from the northern parts of the country such as the Ord river area or the Northern territory or north Queensland?
Is it that it is just not sensible to pump it that far, or too cost prohibitive long term in comparison to other schemes that are being talked about, or is it just simply that there is no money to be made from it?
Surely there is just as much economic sense to pipe water down from up north as there is to pipe gas across the continent or from as far a field as the New Guinea highlands.
I did read once that Lake Argyle in the top of WA held about 2.5 times more water than Sydney harbor.
The Burdekin river system in Qland also generates a massive amount of water.
As does the Victoria river area in the NT so there is clearly no shortage of water in the north.
What is it that is stopping some sensible discussion along these lines by governments instead of the insistence that desalination plants or other limited & often purely politically induced schemes are the answer?
Piping water from the north may not be the answer but its time govts came up with something that sorts the so called water crises out once & for all.
The only reason there is a problem is because of past & continued inaction by all levels of govt.
I have read reports from the experts that it is not practical and energy efficient to pipe water from the north, well if they can run gas & oil pipe lines across countrys & say that they are energy efficient & practical then tell me again why itís not so for water.
Constructing water pipe lines across the continent would generate huge benefits to all communities along & near the routes, not the least being the possible new agri business opportunities for the inland areas.
The environmentalists say it will change the environment and upset eco-systems.
Well duh the environments across the continent are irrevoccably changed now, what with cane toads, feral animals, introduced weed plants, overstocking etc etc, the list is endless, so why not go the whole hog and see what else we can do and who knows it might even improve things.
Desalination plants do not seem like the best answer to me either & it appears from some reports that they may be more costly to build and operate than some other schemes like a pipe line for instance might be.
Plus there are environmental issues involved with these as well
The attitude of the federal govt being hell bent on pushing a nuclear power industry onto us despite the early indications of it being cost prohibitive and against public opinion would there fore indicate that its more about dollars than sense that is the problem with discussing the pipe line options.
What is the answer?
We will never know unless all possible solutions are investigated with the same rules & criteria applying to each one and governments investigating the options in an unbiased & non political way.
For what its worth that is my opinion.