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Title: Anti Wild Rivers Legislation Crew Rejoice?
Post by: Jim_Tait on October 03, 2012, 05:25:09 PM
For those that bought all the anti Wild Rivers rhetoric - now you can get to see the real colour of the money behind the beat up - shame really that we can't declare a few of the state's best wild rivers hands off to intensive development while keeping their fishing/hunting values... :(
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/jobs-win-as-queenslands-wild-rivers-legislation-dries-up/story-fndo1yus-1226487258722 (http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/jobs-win-as-queenslands-wild-rivers-legislation-dries-up/story-fndo1yus-1226487258722)
Title: Re: Anti Wild Rivers Legislation Crew Rejoice?
Post by: Sweetwater on October 03, 2012, 06:49:00 PM
Wenlock River may never be the same........  :'(
Title: Re: Anti Wild Rivers Legislation Crew Rejoice?
Post by: Dick Pasfield on October 03, 2012, 10:28:11 PM
When the spinifex hit Sydney, it was the last thing we expected
When the desert got to Gladesville, we tried to tame it
And when the emus grazed at Pyrmont, it suddenly dawned on us all
Hah, finally the world was silent and the door was shut.
Title: Re: Anti Wild Rivers Legislation Crew Rejoice?
Post by: Jason L on October 04, 2012, 06:09:01 PM
From 2010:

Rio Tinto Alcan’s rights are set out in the Commonwealth Aluminium Corporation Pty Ltd Agreement Act 1957 and the Alcan Queensland Pty Ltd Agreement Act 1965 which are available for public consideration.
These special agreement Acts are not exempt from wild river requirements but rather, are recognised under Section 17 of the Wild Rivers Act as existing authorisations. As existing authorisations, Rio Tinto Alcan's existing water rights and its use of them are not affected by the declaration of the Wenlock Basin Wild River Area. It is for this reason that no detail on the rights contained in these Acts was included in the overview report
Despite this, in addressing stakeholder concerns, the department held discussions with Rio Tinto Alcan to negotiate the volume of water available for take from the Wenlock River. Rio Tinto Alcan agreed to reduce their existing entitlement to water to 90,000 megalitres. This volume represents the company’s maximum annual requirement for its long-term plans. This volume of water plus the reserves of unallocated water represent 2.65 per cent of the average annual flow in the Wenlock Basin.
The government’s position on the allocation of water in a wild river area is that—to ensure the protection of wetlands, waterholes and floodplains—no more than 1 per cent of water will be allowed to be drawn annually from wild rivers,. However, where existing water entitlements already exceed 1 per cent of mean annual flow, the proposed cap on water entitlements within the wild river area will be determined as close to 1 per cent of the mean annual flow as possible. The cap should include existing entitlements and, if feasible, a reserve of unallocated water to meet future strategic, general or legislative (e.g. Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007) requirements.
The outcome of the discussions with Rio Tinto Alcan is therefore consistent with existing policy and, while supporting industry and the benefits that will flow from it, the figure represents a volume that is likely to have minimal impact on flows in the system or the overall health of the river.
How weak is this Government??
Title: Re: Anti Wild Rivers Legislation Crew Rejoice?
Post by: Jim_Tait on October 04, 2012, 10:01:56 PM
While the above may seem overly accomodating RIO's proposed water take doesn't worry me as much as the Cape Alumina Project's proposed minig of bauxite reserves withinthe 500m buffer that orioginally saw the project bailed up through Wild Rivers declaration - that's getting too close to the water course of a river that deserves to be left wild in my opinion and indications are it will pose severe risks to the elevated shallow aquifers that keep the system perrennial  :(
Title: Re: Anti Wild Rivers Legislation Crew Rejoice?
Post by: Novice on October 05, 2012, 08:41:45 AM
Had a geologist acquaintance say to me once about this project, "You can't make an omelete without breaking an egg."

They all know that they will stuff those shallow acquiffers in taking out the bauxite.