It has been very wet in Brisbane over the last couple of days. But not as wet as on the Gold Coast where over 400mm has fallen over the last 24 hours. The Hinze Dam, that supplies the Gold Coast, is predicted to fill completely some time this evening. But there has not been much runoff into the three dams that supply Brisbane the Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pines dams.
Nevertheless there is a feeling that the recent drought has finally broken.
But, I would argue, now is not the time to stop thinking about new water infrastructure. It is unlikely to keep raining, while the population in the SE of Queensland is predicted to keep growing.
It was only two months ago, on the 27th April that Queensland’s Premier Beattie and Treasurer Mackenroth announced water projects worth more than $2.3 billion including a new dam and possible desalination plant as part of a grand SE Queensland Infrastructure Plan.
After perusing the plan and wondering how much extra water the projects listed in Table 6 of the glossy were likely to deliver, I phoned my local state member Ronan Lee MP and asked him a few questions including how much extra water the projects listed in the Infrastructure Plan (including the dam and desal plant) were likely to deliver.
Ronan Lee couldn’t answer my questions. He said if I sent him an email he would have a go at finding out, or forward the information to the Premier.
I sent an email off on 5th May.
On 30th May I received an email from the Premier’s Chief of Staff letting me know that the issues I raised had been noted and fall within the responsibilities of both the Deputy Premier and the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines and they would all have a go at answering them.
Then just today, 30th June, I received an email from the Treasurer telling me that my email “seeks information on the amount of water that the projects identified in the Infrastructure Plan and Program will deliver”. That was one of my questions.
The email then went on to tell me that this question would be answered by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines.
You wouldn’t want to be in a hurry!
While I can understand that my local member, the Premier’s Chief of Staff and the Queensland Treasurer, may not know the answer, you would think they could easily find it out/give me the name and number of someone who does?
Indicative information about storage capacity etcetera should have been in the glossy document launched on 27th April.