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Such a waste caused by a lack of vision

The Beagle Editor,

The Beagle has now made available to the public, information about how much recycled water from our sewerage treatment works the council pumps into the ocean. 3,000 million litres annually. That is a similar amount to what the proposed new dam west of Bodalla is estimated to be going hold, whenever it’s built. Two of our councillors live or own property in significantly drought effected areas of the shire. Those two Councillors must know the value and need for water in agriculture, for pasture growth and so on. They must also know the treated sewerage water could be used to irrigate pastures, value adding, and delivering economic benefits over many years for the shires resident. However they seem not be able to understand the social and economic benefits of properly making use of it. 3,000 million litres going to waste. Some areas of the shire already have a dual pipe system capable of being extended so more treated water can or could be used. The Eurobodalla Shire suffers economically from droughts, just as other places in the country do. But our councillors, two who are living on the land, support pumping useable water into the nearby ocean. Can anyone explain why our Councilors would support this, particularly the two living on the land, so to speak.? There is an invitation only meeting today hosted by Council asking the community to contribute ideas of how to look at climate change. A closed meeting that no one will ever learn of the ideas discussed. Just a box ticked for Community Engagement. Allan Brown


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