Despite warnings that climate change will make catastrophic flooding of Alice Springs more likely, the NT Government is in no hurry to act meaningfully about something that has killed people. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Junction Waterhole, where a controversial dam across the Todd was proposed.
UPDATE January 18, 2020 Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley says she put questions on flood mitigation to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, on December 19, 2018, and they were answered by the Minister on January 24, 2019.
Discussion about flood mitigation, including a controversial dam at the women's sacred site, Junction Waterhole, is getting a new lease of life with the appointment today of a government advisory panel. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. WARNING: Some readers may find the image of the sacred site, accompanying our full story, confronting.
Alice Springs will be consigned to stagnation at its present size and scope of commercial activity if the town's Water Allocation Plan is adopted in its current draft form.
That's the view of Steve Brown, the Town Council appointed member of the local group advising the Minister.
That group wants to continue for another five years the strategy formulated in 2007 of making currently known reserves last for 400 years, and keeps in place a cap of 10.7 gigalitres (GL) a year, which has been almost reached now. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Steve (right) and Jim Brown.
Something has to be done about flood mitigation. Burying your head in the sand will not make it go away. We live in a climate of extremes and some of our older residents will remember the terrible Easter flood in 1988 with massive property damage, writes Ted Skahill, of Alice Springs. Pictured is Junction Waterhole, the site proposed for a dam.