Water restrictions should not hamper economic development in Alice Springs. That has been the view taken to the town's Water Advisory Committee since its inception by its members from the Town Council and the business community. The committee's head, Anne Pye, resigned at the end of June when the NT government decreed that the water availability for the town should be assured for 200 rather than 300 years. She took the view, as does committee member Jimmy Cocking from the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC), that the government's move is acting in disregard of community opinion. This is clearly far from the truth. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Pictured: Commonage sewage ponds, courtesy Bob Taylor. While we are arguing about water supply in 300 years' time, we waste three billion litres a year by disposing of sewage through evaporation, at the Alice Springs treatment plant south of The Gap.