My letter to the Minister for Energy and Water......
The Honourable Mark McArdle
Minister for Energy and Water
cc: The Premier, Mark Pascoe (CEO - International Water Centre), Robert Cavallucci (Member for Brisbane Central)
Dear Mr McArdle,
At the AWA Water Association Awards and Gala dinner recently, you announced that the Qld Government will “Release a discussion paper for a 30 year plan for Queensland’s water sector".
Over dinner, this led to a discussion about: "what are the issues that the Qld Government should discuss?"
We (as a society) have to get better at dealing with an integrated water cycle with a comprehensive (holistic) approach to managing water supplies, irrigation, sewage treatment and managing stormwater.
Our current institutional arrangements do not lend themselves to an integrated approach.
Our centralised water distribution and sewerage networks are very vulnerable to extreme weather events and heavily reliant on energy intense treatment and transport.
In framing a 30 year plan for the Water Sector, I would like to see the Qld Government and the Water industry respond to the causes and impacts of climate change.
The causes of climate change, obviously include generation of greenhouse gas emissions (directly and indirectly).
The impacts include a greater intensity and variability of rainfall events.
elease the discussion paper for a 30 year plan for Queensland’s water sector and participating in the discussion.