A TONY Abbott-led government will build more dams and harvest more water.
That startling claim was made by the Shadow Minister for Seniors and Shadow Special Minister for State, Bronwyn Bishop who was in Nowra on Wednesday to support the Liberal candidate Ann Sudmalis.
While Mr Bishop made an announcement about $450,000 in funding to establish a number of CCTV cameras in the Gilmore electorate and also that a Coalition Government will invest $300,000 for much needed upgrades to the historic Berry School of Arts, it was a question on the precious resource water that raised plenty of interest.
Local resident Frank McGrath questioned Mrs Bishop on water, saying it had been totally ignored during the election campaign.
“Throughout the whole of the election campaign, something that has been remiss in the A to Z has been water,” he said.
“Does the Coalition have any sort of projected vision which may or may not happen with water in Australia?” he said.
“It is a plan we have put forward to look at having more dams and the harvesting of water in northern Queensland so we can turn that area into a northern food bowl,” Mrs Bishop said.
“People often say Australia is the driest continent in the land. It isn’t. It actually has more rainfall than any other continent but we don’t harvest it.
“We haven’t built dams in this country when we should have for decades.
“And that’s part of our plan, to build more dams, to harvest water so we can grow more food.”
Mr McGrath continued, saying “on the coast particularly we are seeing the great farming areas with concrete slabs and rooves put up and all this water and rain we get, is running out to the ocean and we aren’t keeping any of it. So I suppose the question is are dams in the foreseeable future? is it part of the plan?
“Well, certainly, the plan with that in mind is for northern Queensland because that is where so much of the rainfall is and where we have great torrents of water, great rivers flowing into the sea, so that is part of our plan.”