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How water infrastructure can save the Murray-Darling Basin

There are two issues causing the majority of the problems we see with the Murray-Darling Basin, mismanagement and a lack of infrastructure.While Labor and Green politicians are saying we need to take more water out of the river system and flush it out to sea, One Nation is saying we need to build the infrastructure we need to make sure we have enough water for everyone.Let’s build the dams and other infrastructure we need to capture the water where it is abundant and see that it goes to the places that need it! You can read more about One Nation’s plan to protect Australians from droughts while helping keep our farmers and waterways prosperous and healthy here: www.onenation.org.au/policies/water-security/

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Monday, January 28, 2019

Use Water From The North To Save The Murray-Darling Basin

Australia’s water woes will be solved not by demonising our farmers and destroying our nation’s agricultural sector but by investing in water infrastructure and using human ingenuity to overcome adversity. Due to a total lack of vision from our major parties we are now seeing thousands of gigalitres of water from monsoonal rains flowing into the ocean off Northern Queensland, while the southern regions of Australia go without. People don’t realise but if we simply collected roughly one weeks’ worth of the water currently going to waste, flowing into the ocean, it would be enough to supply every irrigator in the Murray-Darling basin with water for a year. One Nation believes we need to undertake a comprehensive nation building project, known as the Hybrid Bradfield Scheme, to increase the water storage capacity of inland Australia, by building more dams and upgrading existing infrastructure, so that this additional water can be redirected towards the areas of Australia that need it the most. By implementing this Hybrid Bradfield Scheme we could drought proof many parts of Australia, help fix the water issues in the Murray Darling and offer new hydroelectricity projects for the country. At last costing, the Hybrid Bradfield Scheme was set at $9 billion dollars. This is a pittance when the long term benefits of such a program are brought into the equation. When you account for the amount of revenue that would be generated by the increased agricultural productivity and the additional power generated by the project, it would quickly pay for itself. It will also create much needed jobs and grow the populations of our rural and regional communities. It is time for people to accept our farmers are not the problem because they are more environmentally careful and more water efficient than at any other time in Australia’s history. They are part of the solution, not the problem and they need our support. One Nation will again be taking this proposal for a Hybrid Bradfield Scheme as a policy to the next election. We will deliver the nation building, water security infrastructure projects that this country is crying out for. The other parties can have all the bridges and tunnels they want but if we don’t have the water infrastructure required for our survival our nation will starve.

Video Transcript

Paul Murray:                         Let’s finish off here with the very serious situation of what’s happening in the Murray-Darling, where yet again another example of the huge collection of fish that have died. Now again, this is one of those touch points where if you spend three hours talking about it you can’t get across all elements of this issue. But in and of itself, again, the Greenies believe that it is anyone who uses water to take care of their properties, to make sure that they can have any form of produce that is ruining the rivers, whereas, the minister responsible for regional water, Niall Blair in New South Wales, well, he makes a fairly good point which is, it’s difficult to flush through river systems when no rain is falling at all. Niall Blair:                               There’s nothing that anyone has been able to point to, no scientists, no locals. No one has been able to point to anything else that could prevent something like this other than fresh water coming into the system, and we just don’t have that, and unfortunately with the weather conditions, the hot weather, and then the sudden drop in temperature, and the rain overnight, we’ve seen another fish kill today. Paul Murray:                         Now, Janine, I’m not pretending that what is happening isn’t terrible. It’s a terrible thing to see, but it does make fairly obvious logic here that for water management, you need more of it falling from the sky. Janine Perrett:                     Yes, I agree with that, but the word you said was management, it wasn’t just relying on God. There is management of this water system, and the question is, has there been mismanagement? Yes, you need water, but have they taken too much out? I don’t know, and I’m like maybe Pauline and some others who don’t want to believe the scientists. I’m happy to let the scientists from all sides get together. What I would love in this, is for once, this is a bipartisan issue. For goodness sake, can’t … Forget the Greens, because they’re out there. Why can’t Labour and Liberals get together, agree on a report, and at least say, it’s going to be somebody else’s problem on it? There has to be. We tried to do it with the Murray-Darling. It might prove to be simply a drought issue, but we need both sides to agree to look at it properly. Paul Murray:                         Well, Pauline, why do you think this is happening? Pauline Hanson:                  All right. You haven’t got enough water flowing through the system. What I’ve been pushing for is the Bradfield Scheme that comes from North Queensland, the Herbert, Tully, and the Burdekin Rivers, to actually direct it inland. Flood inland Queensland, flow down to the Murray-Darling, and run it through. What they’ve done, and I’ve been on three-day tour from bus from Victoria through New South Wales, to the mouth of the Murray-Darling, it has been mismanaged terribly, they’ve actually sold off the water. You’ve got international interests that are owning the water. Janine Perrett:                     Yes. Pauline Hanson:                  You’ve got an organisation, the Murray-Darling Management, has gone from 10 people up to over 300 people managing that. They’ve had the wetlands that they closed down in South Australia. There’s so much I can tell you about it. The wrong decisions that they’ve made. The Bradfield Scheme was priced. The last price they had was $9 billion, put that in, build the Bradfield Scheme. Water inland Queensland. Bring it from the Ord, water inland, Australia from the Ord Scheme as well, and bring water inland and flush out our river systems. That’s it. That’s what I’d be doing. Paul Murray:                         It’s interesting though, Richo, where as important as this issue is, I can feel a certain eye glaze that kicks over because we’ve heard debates in and around Murray-Darling for a bloody long time here. People like Tony Burke, even Malcolm Turnbull at one point in time have all had some form of involvement in all of this. Just on the specifics though, of what the New South Wales Minister’s saying, how credible is it to say, I think correctly, but what do you think? If it doesn’t rain, it’s hard to move water around? Graham R.:                             I agree. I don’t think there’s any magic wand you can wave over this, or silver bullet, or whatever, I just don’t think that that exists. I think the only solution is rain, and we’re just not getting any of that. It’s a terrible thing to watch, and I wish there was a fix, but I’ve not read of, or heard of a proper fix, so I’ll- Janine Perrett:                     Well, at least Pauline’s got an idea. We’ve got floods up in North Queensland, instead of wasting $10 billion on an inland rail, boondoggle, perhaps we could have an inland irrigation system. Graham R.:                             Turning rivers back the other way, is not as easy as it sounds. Paul Murray:                         The Field … Bradfield, I think- Janine Perrett:                     Would cost money. Paul Murray:                         ..that the Bradfield Scheme’s not going- Rowan:                                     But if Pauline’s- Graham R.:                             That might be viable. Rowan:                                     Pauline’s solution is putting forward … you’re using man’s ingenuity- Janine Perrett:                     Exactly. Rowan:                                     -to put more water into the river, rather than having, which the Greens and Labour, and the liberals unfortunately, are just trying to shuffle around the money, the water will be there. Can I just very quickly say, that I think the problem is the number of avocado farms to feed a lot the smashed avocado pate’s in the inner-city Green’s electorate, so … Paul Murray:                         Well, if that’s Aussie produce I’m more than happy. Pauline, thank you very much, along with Richo, Rowan and Janine. I’m looking forward to it again next week. Pauline Hanson:                  Well … Paul Murray:                         All right. I’ve got to go there, let’s take a- Pauline Hanson:                  Can I say, Paul? Paul Murray:                         Yeah, go for it Pauline, be quick. Pauline Hanson:                  I’ve got something for you. Paul Murray:                         Oh. Pauline Hanson:                  I’ve got something for you Paul, see that? Paul Murray:                         Yes. Pauline Hanson:                  And Richo, you can have one also, if you’d like to put it up at the watermark. Paul Murray:                         Excellent, send it to the office. There you go, the bar runner. I’ve got the guts to say what you’re thinking. Pauline Hanson:                  Okay. Cheers. Paul Murray:                         God love you, darling. All right, quick break, back with more, we’re going to go to the pub next.
How water infrastructure can save the Murray-Darling Basin

There are two issues causing the majority of the problems we see with the Murray-Darling Basin, mismanagement and a lack of infrastructure.While Labor and Green politicians are saying we need to take more water out of the river system and flush it out to sea, One Nation is saying we need to build the infrastructure we need to make sure we have enough water for everyone.Let’s build the dams and other infrastructure we need to capture the water where it is abundant and see that it goes to the places that need it! You can read more about One Nation’s plan to protect Australians from droughts while helping keep our farmers and waterways prosperous and healthy here: www.onenation.org.au/policies/water-security/

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Monday, January 28, 2019

Pauline Hanson Calls for Construction of Bradfield and Ord Schemes to Drought Proof Inland Australia

Video Transcript:

Paul Murray:                         Let’s finish off here with the very serious situation of what’s happening in the Murray-Darling, where yet again another example of the huge collection of fish that have died. Now again, this is one of those touch points where if you spend three hours talking about it you can’t get across all elements of this issue. But in and of itself, again, the Greenies believe that it is anyone who uses water to take care of their properties, to make sure that they can have any form of produce that is ruining the rivers, whereas, the minister responsible for regional water, Niall Blair in New South Wales, well, he makes a fairly good point which is, it’s difficult to flush through river systems when no rain is falling at all.

Niall Blair:                               There’s nothing that anyone has been able to point to, no scientists, no locals. No one has been able to point to anything else that could prevent something like this other than fresh water coming into the system, and we just don’t have that, and unfortunately with the weather conditions, the hot weather, and then the sudden drop in temperature, and the rain overnight, we’ve seen another fish kill today.

Paul Murray:                         Now, Janine, I’m not pretending that what is happening isn’t terrible. It’s a terrible thing to see, but it does make fairly obvious logic here that for water management, you need more of it falling from the sky.

Janine Perrett:                     Yes, I agree with that, but the word you said was management, it wasn’t just relying on God. There is management of this water system, and the question is, has there been mismanagement? Yes, you need water, but have they taken too much out? I don’t know, and I’m like maybe Pauline and some others who don’t want to believe the scientists. I’m happy to let the scientists from all sides get together. What I would love in this, is for once, this is a bipartisan issue. For goodness sake, can’t … Forget the Greens, because they’re out there. Why can’t Labour and Liberals get together, agree on a report, and at least say, it’s going to be somebody else’s problem on it? There has to be. We tried to do it with the Murray-Darling. It might prove to be simply a drought issue, but we need both sides to agree to look at it properly.

Paul Murray:                         Well, Pauline, why do you think this is happening?

Pauline Hanson:                  All right. You haven’t got enough water flowing through the system. What I’ve been pushing for is the Bradfield Scheme that comes from North Queensland, the Herbert, Tully, and the Burdekin Rivers, to actually direct it inland. Flood inland Queensland, flow down to the Murray-Darling, and run it through. What they’ve done, and I’ve been on three-day tour from bus from Victoria through New South Wales, to the mouth of the Murray-Darling, it has been mismanaged terribly, they’ve actually sold off the water. You’ve got international interests that are owning the water.

Janine Perrett:                     Yes.

Pauline Hanson:                  You’ve got an organisation, the Murray-Darling Management, has gone from 10 people up to over 300 people managing that. They’ve had the wetlands that they closed down in South Australia. There’s so much I can tell you about it. The wrong decisions that they’ve made. The Bradfield Scheme was priced. The last price they had was $9 billion, put that in, build the Bradfield Scheme. Water inland Queensland. Bring it from the Ord, water inland, Australia from the Ord Scheme as well, and bring water inland and flush out our river systems. That’s it. That’s what I’d be doing.

Paul Murray:                         It’s interesting though, Richo, where as important as this issue is, I can feel a certain eye glaze that kicks over because we’ve heard debates in and around Murray-Darling for a bloody long time here. People like Tony Burke, even Malcolm Turnbull at one point in time have all had some form of involvement in all of this. Just on the specifics though, of what the New South Wales Minister’s saying, how credible is it to say, I think correctly, but what do you think? If it doesn’t rain, it’s hard to move water around?

Graham R.:                             I agree. I don’t think there’s any magic wand you can wave over this, or silver bullet, or whatever, I just don’t think that that exists. I think the only solution is rain, and we’re just not getting any of that. It’s a terrible thing to watch, and I wish there was a fix, but I’ve not read of, or heard of a proper fix, so I’ll-

Janine Perrett:                     Well, at least Pauline’s got an idea. We’ve got floods up in North Queensland, instead of wasting $10 billion on an inland rail, boondoggle, perhaps we could have an inland irrigation system.

Graham R.:                             Turning rivers back the other way, is not as easy as it sounds.

Paul Murray:                         The Field … Bradfield, I think-

Janine Perrett:                     Would cost money.

Paul Murray:                         ..that the Bradfield Scheme’s not going-

Rowan:                                     But if Pauline’s-

Graham R.:                             That might be viable.

Rowan:                                     Pauline’s solution is putting forward … you’re using man’s ingenuity-

Janine Perrett:                     Exactly.

Rowan:                                     -to put more water into the river, rather than having, which the Greens and Labour, and the liberals unfortunately, are just trying to shuffle around the money, the water will be there. Can I just very quickly say, that I think the problem is the number of avocado farms to feed a lot the smashed avocado pate’s in the inner-city Green’s electorate, so …

Paul Murray:                         Well, if that’s Aussie produce I’m more than happy.

Pauline, thank you very much, along with Richo, Rowan and Janine. I’m looking forward to it again next week.

A CUBBIE STATION INVESTIGATION

MASS FISH DEATH IN DARLING RIVERIn the past few months there have been two algal bloom events in the Darling River near Menindee which has killed hundreds of thousands if not millions of fish.Devastating. A real environmental disaster. The first event was triggered by a storm and this week a cold front which kills plants that decompose and in doing so take from the water the oxygen that fish need to survive.Much of the river system along the Murray Darling catchment area has been in drought for years so it has had little chance to be flushed out and rejuvenated.First to be blamed automatically is always Cubbie Station that is not allowed to take water from river flows and instead only harvest floodwaters that would have evaporated on the huge floodplains. Before Cubbie that water was wasted on the floodplain and did not flow south into the Darling.Cubbie has not been able to harvest any floodwater since 2016.This video I shot last September is shown so that you have the facts.Sadly, blindly blaming Cubbie means the real reason for the lack of water and algal bloom events is ignored and not addressed. And that means that no solution will be provided for the people in NSW suffering drought along the Darling.While the drought is starving our rivers of fresh rain events, the Murray Darling Basin Authority MDBA can be blamed for making the conditions worse for the environment and farmers.The MDBA allocates water without measuring or recording data on most river and creek flows. The MDBA is a bureaucratic nightmare that does little to protect the environment, makes water too expensive for farmers to purchase, devastates local communities and has allowed water to be traded for profit rather than used effectively to benefit all Australians.We need to restore regional Australia and regional towns and farms - the future of our food production.This is a security issue for all of Australia.Here’s some of what people need:• A Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin plan that contradicts solid scientific evidence;• Water allocations to be made on the basis of solid data from measuring water flows as is the case at Cubbie;• South Australia to be held accountable for the drains it has built starting in 1864 and through to the 1990’s that divert water from the Coorong and turn it into the current toxic environmental disaster. South Australia has to be held accountable for man-made changes to the Murray River mouth and Lake Alexadrina restored to its natural state like every other Australian coastal river system. There are South Australians who understand the real problem and the solutions that we listened to in 2017.• Dams to be built outside the Murray Darling Basin in coastal areas of high rainfall and water sent to the Darling River.The Murray Darling Basin Plan and bloated bureaucracy in the MDB Authority that has exploded almost ten fold in recent years is yet another example of Liberal-Labor-Nats failed governance with the tired old parties chasing Greens preferences.In early 2016 I listened to people in Queensland within the MDB and was shocked at the economic and social devastation they are enduring with worse to come at the hands of the Greens-fueled MDBA. My concern led to immediately organising bus travel for One Nation senators along the Murray to its mouth, listening to Victorians, New South Welshmen and South Australians. I had intended to drive the length of the Darling to listen to people across NSW and especially the people of Menindee Lakes and Broken Hill suffering from the drought but was knocked out of the senate before doing so.People along the Murray river are devastated with floods that the MDBA has caused and with shortages of water due to the MDBA.The current drought is severe yet not as severe as the Federation Drought of 1901 when the Murray River stopped flowing even though there were many, many fewer people living off and using its water back then.While it’s true that the Darling River has been dry many times in Australia’s history and that’s part of life in western NSW with many photos of paddlewheel boats stuck in the dry bed of the Darling River in the 1800s and early 1900s, that does not mean we should accept that - especially when the technology is available to solve and prevent this from recurring.We understand and empathise with the people suffering along the Darling and especially in Menindee. Yet people need more than empathy. People need Australia’s support to identify the root cause of the problems and then support in building the solutions needed to prevent recurrence of their trauma.--------------------------------------------------------------------Original text with video release---------------------------------------------------------------------A CUBBIE STATION INVESTIGATIONSHARE WITH FRIENDS https://youtu.be/94O-RG44OmsLast July I invited people to submit questions about Cubbie Station and promised to ask these on a future visit to get the facts.Last month I visited Cubbie armed with a list of questions received and a far longer list of my own questions. This recent trip followed on from my visit in early 2017.The video explains what I uncovered.Here are some key points:• Cubbie has no river water allocation.• Cubbie only harvests water from floods above a certain river height and water flow quantity.• Each time Cubbie wants to harvest water it must get permission from the state government.• There is currently no water at Cubbie due to the drought.• There are no crops currently planted at Cubbie due to no water.• The Culgoa River is dry above Cubbie – and dry below Cubbie.• Cubbie does not stop water getting to the Darling River.As with many properties and towns in western Queensland and NSW, Cubbie has a weir for domestic and stock consumption. This is NOT a dam. The amount of water in the weir is similar to that in other properties' weirs and is minuscule. It’s not enough for irrigation and does not stop water getting to the Darling.• Independent engineers check and verify Cubbie’s designs of water channels and cells and other engineering before state government approves construction• Cubbie is well designed environmentally• Earlier this year during a flood Cubbie was given permission to harvest water yet declined because it thought that the water would be better used in the environment• Cubbie understands that the health of the neighbouring environment is essential for Cubbie’s long-term future sustainability• Cubbie shows leadership in how to manage a water basin because it accurately measures water flows. This practice needs to quickly spread across the Murray-Darling Basin because currently many water allocations are decided arbitrarily and do needless damage to farming and to the natural environment. This will help the environment and all human users of water.• Cubbie is a pioneering and visionary engineering marvel that needs to be applauded for converting low productivity land to high productivity in a way that is sustainable and in harmony with the natural environment.Additional points:• The Greens misrepresent Cubbie. Like other properties and towns in western Queensland Cubbie has a weir on the river for domestic and stock water. This is entirely normal. The Greens misrepresent Cubbie's weir as a dam when it is not• Cubbie does not use the weir for irrigation because the quantity of water in the weir is minuscule• Whenever the Greens make a claim we must give their words and intent close scrutiny. Their use of misrepresentations wrapped in emotion is destroying our country’s productivity and the sharing of our country’s potential wealth with 25 million people• To get our country back on its feet for the benefit of all Australians we must support visionary projects such as Cubbie• We need to spread the remarkable achievements of Cubbie and its people. I do• We need to appreciate and commend the late Des Stevenson’s pioneering vision. I doWHEN FACTS REPLACE IDEOLOGY & IGNORANCE THE RESULT IS BETTER DECISIONS.The first step in caring for a river basin, or an animal, or a person, or a community, or a region, or a state, or a nation or a planet is to get the facts and data.Those who do not bother to get the facts or who ignorantly misrepresent things, show that they do not care.The Greens do not care about the environment.When their decisions and claims hurt people’s livelihoods it shows Greens do not care about people.Thank you to the people who raised issues about Cubbie. It stimulated me to get a deeper understanding and now I am even prouder to support this visionary and pioneering project and the people who make a livelihood from Cubbie – especially in southern Queensland.Thank you to Michael Stewart a farmer at Mondure six hours north of Cubbie who spoke first-hand to me of the realities of Cubbie and correctly classed it as an engineering marvel.

Posted by Malcolm Roberts - Pauline Hanson's One Nation on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Malcolm Roberts Slams MDBA for Murray Darling Fish Deaths

In the past few months there have been two algal bloom events in the Darling River near Menindee which has killed hundreds of thousands if not millions of fish.

It is devastating. A real environmental disaster. 

The first event was triggered by a storm and this week a cold front which kills plants that decompose and in doing so take from the water the oxygen that fish need to survive.

Much of the river system along the Murray Darling catchment area has been in drought for years so it has had little chance to be flushed out and rejuvenated.

First to be blamed automatically is always Cubbie Station that is not allowed to take water from river flows and instead only harvest floodwaters that would have evaporated on the huge floodplains. Before Cubbie that water was wasted on the floodplain and did not flow south into the Darling.

Cubbie has not been able to harvest any floodwater since 2016.

This video I shot last September is shown so that you have the facts.

Sadly, blindly blaming Cubbie means the real reason for the lack of water and algal bloom events is ignored and not addressed. And that means that no solution will be provided for the people in NSW suffering drought along the Darling.

While the drought is starving our rivers of fresh rain events, the Murray Darling Basin Authority MDBA can be blamed for making the conditions worse for the environment and farmers.

The MDBA allocates water without measuring or recording data on most river and creek flows. The MDBA is a bureaucratic nightmare that does little to protect the environment, makes water too expensive for farmers to purchase, devastates local communities and has allowed water to be traded for profit rather than used effectively to benefit all Australians.

We need to restore regional Australia and regional towns and farms – the future of our food production.

This is a security issue for all of Australia.

Here’s some of what people need:

  • A Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin plan that incorporates solid scientific evidence;
  • Water allocations to be made on the basis of solid data from measuring water flows as is the case at Cubbie;
  • South Australia to be held accountable for the drains it has built starting in 1864 and through to the 1990’s that divert water from the Coorong and turn it into the current toxic environmental disaster. South Australia has to be held accountable for man-made changes to the Murray River mouth and Lake Alexadrina restored to its natural state like every other Australian coastal river system. There are South Australians who understand the real problem and the solutions that we listened to in 2017.
  • Dams to be built outside the Murray Darling Basin in coastal areas of high rainfall and water sent to the Darling River.

The Murray Darling Basin Plan and bloated bureaucracy in the MDB Authority that has exploded almost ten fold in recent years is yet another example of Liberal-Labor-Nats failed governance with the tired old parties chasing Greens preferences.

In early 2016 I listened to people in Queensland within the MDB and was shocked at the economic and social devastation they are enduring with worse to come at the hands of the Greens-fueled MDBA. My concern led to immediately organising bus travel for One Nation senators along the Murray to its mouth, listening to Victorians, New South Welshmen and South Australians. I had intended to drive the length of the Darling to listen to people across NSW and especially the people of Menindee Lakes and Broken Hill suffering from the drought but was knocked out of the senate before doing so.

People along the Murray river are devastated with floods that the MDBA has caused and with shortages of water due to the MDBA.

The current drought is severe yet not as severe as the Federation Drought of 1901 when the Murray River stopped flowing even though there were many, many fewer people living off and using its water back then.

While it’s true that the Darling River has been dry many times in Australia’s history and that’s part of life in western NSW with many photos of paddlewheel boats stuck in the dry bed of the Darling River in the 1800s and early 1900s, that does not mean we should accept that – especially when the technology is available to solve and prevent this from recurring.

We understand and empathise with the people suffering along the Darling and especially in Menindee. Yet people need more than empathy. People need Australia’s support to identify the root cause of the problems and then support in building the solutions needed to prevent recurrence of their trauma.

A CUBBIE STATION INVESTIGATION

This text originally accompanied the video that heads this article.

SHARE WITH FRIENDS https://youtu.be/94O-RG44Oms

Last July I invited people to submit questions about Cubbie Station and promised to ask these on a future visit to get the facts.

Last month I visited Cubbie armed with a list of questions received and a far longer list of my own questions. This recent trip followed on from my visit in early 2017.

The video explains what I uncovered.

Here are some key points:

  • Cubbie has no river water allocation.
  • Cubbie only harvests water from floods above a certain river height and water flow quantity.
  • Each time Cubbie wants to harvest water it must get permission from the state government.
  • There is currently no water at Cubbie due to the drought.
  • There are no crops currently planted at Cubbie due to no water.
  • The Culgoa River is dry above Cubbie – and dry below Cubbie.
  • Cubbie does not stop water getting to the Darling River.

As with many properties and towns in western Queensland and NSW, Cubbie has a weir for domestic and stock consumption. This is NOT a dam. The amount of water in the weir is similar to that in other properties’ weirs and is minuscule. It’s not enough for irrigation and does not stop water getting to the Darling.

  • Independent engineers check and verify Cubbie’s designs of water channels and cells and other engineering before state government approves construction
  • Cubbie is well designed environmentally
  • Earlier this year during a flood Cubbie was given permission to harvest water yet declined because it thought that the water would be better used in the environment
  • Cubbie understands that the health of the neighbouring environment is essential for Cubbie’s long-term future sustainability
  • Cubbie shows leadership in how to manage a water basin because it accurately measures water flows. This practice needs to quickly spread across the Murray-Darling Basin because currently many water allocations are decided arbitrarily and do needless damage to farming and to the natural environment. This will help the environment and all human users of water.
  • Cubbie is a pioneering and visionary engineering marvel that needs to be applauded for converting low productivity land to high productivity in a way that is sustainable and in harmony with the natural environment.

Additional points:

  • The Greens misrepresent Cubbie. Like other properties and towns in western Queensland Cubbie has a weir on the river for domestic and stock water. This is entirely normal. The Greens misrepresent Cubbie’s weir as a dam when it is not
  • Cubbie does not use the weir for irrigation because the quantity of water in the weir is minuscule.
  • Whenever the Greens make a claim we must give their words and intent close scrutiny. Their use of misrepresentations wrapped in emotion is destroying our country’s productivity and the sharing of our country’s potential wealth with 25 million people
  • To get our country back on its feet for the benefit of all Australians we must support visionary projects such as Cubbie
  • We need to spread the remarkable achievements of Cubbie and its people. I do
  • We need to appreciate and commend the late Des Stevenson’s pioneering vision. I do

WHEN FACTS REPLACE IDEOLOGY & IGNORANCE THE RESULT IS BETTER DECISIONS.

The first step in caring for a river basin, or an animal, or a person, or a community, or a region, or a state, or a nation or a planet is to get the facts and data.

Those who do not bother to get the facts or who ignorantly misrepresent things, show that they do not care.
The Greens do not care about the environment.

When their decisions and claims hurt people’s livelihoods it shows Greens do not care about people.

Thank you to the people who raised issues about Cubbie. It stimulated me to get a deeper understanding and now I am even prouder to support this visionary and pioneering project and the people who make a livelihood from Cubbie – especially in southern Queensland.

Thank you to Michael Stewart a farmer at Mondure six hours north of Cubbie who spoke first-hand to me of the realities of Cubbie and correctly classed it as an engineering marvel.