Viv Forbes writes “Stop Wasting our Dam Water!”

The Saltbush Club today accused state and federal governments of wasting water often desperately needed everywhere west of Australia’s Great Dividing Range. The “Saltbush Water Watch” has been established to monitor government action and inaction and report on priorities.

The Executive Director of the growing Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said “From Adelaide to Longreach we have allowed green subversives to prevent new dam construction and to dictate the waste of water caught in existing dams.”

“Without water conservation the Murray River would turn back into a string of disconnected waterholes every big drought. More reliable fresh water has benefitted humans and nature all along the river.

“Luckily (and predictably), Tim Flannery’s climate alarm forecast of endless drought has proved wrong, or this area of Australia would now be depopulated.

“The green activists behind the water waste are not pro-environment – they are anti-human.

“The Saltbush Club is in the process of setting up several “Watch Groups” to investigate, monitor and report on this political war on human activity. It has appointed Mr Ron Pike, “A Bushie from the Back of Barellan” to lead the Saltbush Water Watch.

“Ron has a lifetime of experience of farming, irrigation and politics in the Murray Darling Basin. He was the first farmer to use water from the Snowy Scheme to irrigate his farm in 1961.

Ron says: “The food we eat, the water we drink and the power we use for most of our endeavours, are available only because previous generations invested their know-how and money for the future.

“It is time this generation did the same.”

Ron’s first statement on behalf of the Saltbush Water Watch can be found here.

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27 Responses to Viv Forbes writes “Stop Wasting our Dam Water!”

  1. RobK

    I do wish the Saltbush Club all the best.
    It is an arduous task to try to turn around decades of work done by noble-cause green zealots. I have tried in the area of agricultural property rights for a couple of decades now, after getting burnt. So often it seems like you get nowhere and can really only take solace in the thought that things would be worse, but for your efforts. Keep up the good work. You are battling an army of well funded, organized and agenda driven zealots.

  2. Nob

    I have to assume that the green character assassination ridiculing of The Saltbush Club and Abby association with it is already under way.

  3. Nob

    “Any” not “Abby”. Damn phone.

  4. Petros

    The Nationals used to fill this role. Vale.

  5. Herodotus

    The Nationals used to fill this role. Vale.
    Conservative parties used to be more conservative. It has been all downhill since Menzies retired, a lesson in Fabian effectiveness.

  6. Mark M

    Sadly, the water waste will continue.

    Anyone like to guess which Australian political party has this policy:

    “There is no longer any credible or serious doubt that human-induced climate change represents a massive risk to Australia and the world.
    The recent IPCC report indicates that we are experiencing a climate emergency, and as a result, meaningful action on climate change is urgent at home and internationally.

    ******* will take strong action on climate change to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change on Australian society and economy and take advantage of the opportunities to transition to a low pollution economy represent tor workers and businesses and Australia more broadly.

    https://twitter.com/AoifeChampion/status/1074172261194579969

  7. Tom

    The locust plague of leftism won’t stop until it achieves its objective: the destruction of everything still standing. Incremental defence against the plague doesn’t work. There will have to be a war when the common people rise up out of pure self-interest against the destruction of our civilisation’s accumulated wealth. The object of the plague is to install a small, all-powerful fascist ruling class and a vast proletariat of poor muzzled peasants. In spite of the ruling class’s main propaganda weapon — the news media — Australians will get it eventually.

  8. stackja

    Urban water mains bursting?

  9. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “The green activists behind the water waste are not pro-environment – they are anti-human.

    fact check: TRUE

  10. A Lurker

    The object of the plague is to install a small, all-powerful fascist ruling class and a vast proletariat of poor muzzled peasants.

    The Hunger Games – life now imitating art.

  11. Muddy

    Let us stop complimenting them with their chosen title of ‘activist’ and call them for what they are: insurgents.
    These insurgents are armed not with kinetic weapons that would bring an immediate kinetic response, but through political and social change use apathy and ignorance to eat away the structure of our society from the inside. To enable them to achieve this, they have a support network, just as traditional armed insurgents do.

    They are pro-poverty collectivists who aim to destroy rather than create. Insurgents masquerading as saviours.

    Please cease furthering their destructive fantasies by using their chosen, complimentary title of ‘activist.’

  12. old bloke

    Ron says: “The food we eat, the water we drink and the power we use for most of our endeavours, are available only because previous generations invested their know-how and money for the future.

    “It is time this generation did the same.”

    Ron Pike on his vision for the Murray Darling Basin here.

  13. Tim Neilson

    They are pro-poverty collectivists who aim to destroy rather than create.

    Fact check: True.

    They hate and despise ordinary mainstream Australians.

    They are incandescent with fury that Howard and Costello made it possible for tradespeople and small business owners to live in houses that they like, drive cars that they like and have holidays that they like.

    Their monomanic objective is to reduce ordinary Australians back to the lower level of lifestyle that they regard as ordinary people’s rightful station in life.

    Any excuse will do. The environment is a convenient one (albeit totally bogus).

  14. max

    Herodotus say:
    #2887210, posted on December 17, 2018 at 7:16 am

    “It has been all downhill since Menzies retired,”

    Maxwell Newton’s “The Upstairs Lodgers,” Nation, January 8, 1966, pp. 6-8. :

    Sir Robert has often described himself as “a Parliament man,” yet under him Parliament has declined to a level of prestige and influence probably lower than we have ever seen since Federation.
    Indeed, the position of a strong Prime Minister in Australia today is more analogous to that of a King.
    Equipped as he is with advice from Civil Service of an increasingly expert nature, he is able to achieve an appearance of omniscience.
    The cult of personality in elections and indeed in political life as a whole has replaced a judgement on matters of doctrine and principle. In today’s Welfare State and Managed Economy, issues of doctrine or of principle have come to matter much less than the broad sweep of personality and the battle of tactics. Elections have come to bear a closer approximation to Presidential campaigns in the United States.

    Maxwell Newton’s “Life without father,” Nation, January 22, 1966, pp. 7-9. :

    When Sir Robert Menzies first came to power in 1949, the Liberals were going to change the world. They were going to stop the spread of socialism, they were going to arrest the accretion of power to the Canberra Government, put value back into the pound, put an end to the menace of communism.
    There was a grand reforming zeal about the Liberals in 1949 with their talk about “free enterprise” and the need to revive the market economy, after years of “socialist controls”.
    Things have worked out differently. Sir Robert Menzies has presided over a Government which in most important fields went in the opposite direction from that indicated by the brave words of 1949.
    Under Sir Robert, there has been an accretion of power to the Federal Government to an extent unknown during the peacetime days of Labor. Under him there was an unprecedented inflation, until the force of circumstances and logic impelled him to throw his political doctrines out and import some modern economic planning and control techniques.

    Ultimately, it is clear that for Sir Robert Menzies the great thing about holding supreme political power was to hold it. Questions of principle or political doctrine mattered only secondly, if there was a choice to be made between survival and principles.

    In the process of holding supreme power, Sir Robert had to throw out virtually every major tenet of the “spirit of 1949”. For him it is clear the price was worth paying. He survived as Prime Minister for 16 years, didn’t he?

  15. Tim Neilson

    Their monomanic objective

    Apologies for the inaccuracy.

    They also have the objective of destroying the culture and values of traditional Australia, and adding ideological totalitarianism to the miseries of impoverished serfdom.

  16. max

    Mr. Rafe Champion my comment is awaiting moderation.
    #2887291, posted on December 17, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I think nothing there is nothing bad in it to be censored, inconvenient or politically not correct yes.

  17. Rafe

    What Muddy said.
    They are terrorists.

  18. Ivan Denisovich

    The Executive Director of the growing Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said “From Adelaide to Longreach we have allowed green subversives to prevent new dam construction and to dictate the waste of water caught in existing dams.”

    Chris McCormack:

    The Federal Government plans to return an additional 450 gigalitres of water “to the environment” as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) via $1.4 billion of taxpayers’ money to buy farmers’ water allocations and increase water efficiency. Already, 2100 GL of water has been diverted away from agri­cultural production to “environmental flows” as part of the MDBP.

    A further 605 GL is being directed to the environment via water “savings measures”. Up to 70 per cent of water in reservoirs feeding the MDB is earmarked for “the environment”. One of the problems with diverting such large amounts of water away from food production and sending it down river is that there is no scientific basis to claims that the extra water is benefitting the environment. Quite the reverse, in fact.

    The Barmah and Moira forests northeast of Echuca usually flood only about once every 10 years but, with the increased river flows, the forests have flooded four of the past five years and have been flooded for the past five months.

    Chris Brooks, chairman of the Southern Riverina Irrigators Association, said that he is seeing mass fish-kills of Murray cod, kangaroos marooned on islands dying from lack of food, and wild brumbies and lizards dying because grasslands and their food habitat is unnaturally flooded.

    When these floodwaters remain over the warmer months a hypoxic blackwater event can occur, which can kill the ancient redgum trees in the forest. These trees are used to annual climatic variations and are now dying from sustained over-watering. “We are using environmental water to do environmental damage,” Mr Brooks said.

    He said that forcing 13,000 megalitres per day through the Barmah Choke in an attempt to deliver huge amounts of water to South Australia, when its spill­over limit was 8,500 ML/day, was causing unintended flooding of forests and not delivering the water to South Australia, which in any event only turns a shallow, naturally estuarine lower-lakes system into freshwater lakes.

    At the same time as environmental damage is occurring, untold damage is being done to rural communities that rely on water. It has been estimated that lack of water is costing the Murray Valley region nearly $200 million in lost production annually…………………………………..

    Since July this year the NSW Murray area has received zero water allocation despite persistently high river flows. Doctors Point on the Murray River had a flow of 16,270 ML/day on November 29, with the river level status marked as “rising”. All Murray storages except the Hume Dam (43.43 per cent), as of November 29, were between 74.82 per cent and 100.74 per cent full (that is, full beyond capacity).

    Despite the abundance of water in storages, SunRice announced at the end of November that up to 100 jobs will be lost from their milling, packing and warehouse operations in Leeton and Deniliquin because of the “significantly reduced Riverina rice crop anticipated in 2019 … due to very low water availability and high water prices”…………………..

    Surely, a wiser spend of $1.4 billion of taxpayers’ money would be to build new dams, which would give farmers back viable water allocations, help drought-proof the Murray Darling Basin – ensuring our food security – and keeping food prices low. The 103 GL Wyaralong Dam completed in 2011 in southeast Queensland cost $380 million to build. This has been the only dam built to service the capital cities since 1984.

    http://www.newsweekly.com.au/nwmobile/article.php?id=58362

  19. Kneel

    “Stop Wasting our Dam Water!”

    We collect around 5% of water that is precipitated onto our country.
    We do NOT have a water supply problem AT ALL – truth is, we have more water per head of population the the USA does.
    The problem is a water COLLECTION problem – simple.
    Doubling our collection of potable water would still leave >80% of rainwater to flow unrestricted through our streams and rivers. 80%. Think about it.

  20. Dr Fred Lenin

    Anything the know nothing polliemuppets and their socialist public employee masters touch is doomed to be destroyed ,water ,energy,environment ,truth ,treasury,immigration , infrastructure , you name it they stuff it ,they have never done one usefull thing in their miserable little careers .

  21. Tel

    The problem is a water COLLECTION problem – simple.

    Collection, storage and transport are the problems. All self-induced problems.

    But, storage and transport aren’t worth much without collection … so that would be a good place to start.

  22. Tel, it’s more than a collection problem.
    It is the abject refusal of the political class to even realise that there is a problem.
    To achieve an objective, one must first have the will to realise the objective must be met.
    This is where the whole process of the thousand mile journey, beginning with one step, falls down.
    The decision making class believe the journey is unnecessary and that there are more important things to do.

  23. Bruce

    Winston noted: It is the abject refusal of the political class to even realise that there is a problem.

    That’s excessively sanguine.

    They KNOW there is a “problem”: Hell, they are primarily responsible for it. There are ONLY two explanations; incompetence or malice. There is NO third option.

    It is the oldest ploy in the game; stuff it up comprehensively and then ride in theatrically to perform a “heroic” rescue, with the usual spillage of largesse and glory for the very same mongrels who initiated the disaster.

  24. RobK

    But, storage and transport aren’t worth much without collection … 
    Oddly, the alternative being desal to supply urban use requires energy to operate the Reverse Osmosis plant and a massive amount of energy to pump the purified water up into the storage that pressure feeds the suburbs. The same wallies that want renewables, pass on having solar-hydro, bulk scheme water storage.
    It’s a crazy world.

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