Monday, December 19, 2011

Rivers Declared Wild

It is with much delight that the Australian Floodplain Association welcomes Minister Darling's declaration of the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers and Cooper's Creek as wild rivers. This legislation permanently protects the water flows in these catchments from activity which could potentially take large amounts of water from the waterways.

Communities in Western Queensland now know that key waterways are protected from the threats of coal seam gas mining, open cut mining and large scale irrigation. It means food and fibre production can continue in a clean and green manner, as it has done for decades. It means communities can now be assured that in decades to come, mankind will not be scurrying to rehabilitate the Channel Country Rivers, as is currently happening in the Murray Darling Basin. Quite simply, it is far cheaper to protect now, then it is to rehabilitate in the future.

The Australian Floodplain Association will continue to work to ensure that grazing can continue to be one of the few food producing industries that opportunistically uses water as it flows across the landscape, and produces quality meat and fibre to meet the needs of our growing global population.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Western Queensland is Buzzing!

There is all manner of commentary on Wild Rivers at the moment. There is also widespread concern with the rapid spread of mining exploration and development in Western Queensland. Communities are worried about the long term impacts of large scale mining developments on the landscape, and in particular, our water sources. This includes both surface water and the magnificent Great Artesian Basin which is the freshwater source which enables our communities to exist. Water is the common heritage of all humans, plants and animals. We all need access to clean, fresh water.

Australia also happens to be one of the driest continents on Earth, and we need to take care of our precious and irreplaceable water resources. Mining threatens to deplete our finite water resources. The Wild Rivers Act is one of the few tools we have to protect these water sources.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Would you like to have your say, or know more.......?

Are you keen to have your say on the proposed wild rivers declaration proposals for the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers? Would you like to know more about the proposed declarations? Would you like to see property maps and how wild rivers will fit with land areas?

The Queensland Government is hosting a number of public information sessions in Western Queensland in the coming weeks.

Camooweal - Tuesday 27 September

Dajarra - Wednesday 28 September

Cloncurry - Monday 3 October

Winton - Tuesday 4 October

Bedourie - Wednesday 5 October

Boulia - Thursday 6 October

Mt Isa - Friday 7 October

Boulia - Monday 17 October

Bedourie - Tuesday 18 October

Birdsville - Wednesday 19 October

Winton - Tuesday 25 October

Corfield - Wednesday 26 October

Kynuna - Thursday 27 October

McKinlay - Friday 28 October

More information is available from the Queensland Government website.