17 – WATER MANAGEMENT
Section 100 of The Constitution states: “The Commonwealth shall not, by any law or regulation of trade or commerce, abridge the right of a state or of the residents therein to the reasonable use of the waters of rivers for conservation or irrigation”.
Water is life. Nothing can live without it. Obviously, control of water is control of life and society. Therefore, water should be managed by the people for the people. CIRNow believes water is so important to the future and security of our country that it should have its own government portfolio to coordinate water management policies. As one of the world’s driest continents, Australia must use its water resources wisely.
There is no water shortage in Australia. It is just not always getting to where it can be used most effectively.
We need to consider the bigger picture: We do not believe in privatising water. Regions will have their own water management board, and coordinate their water management with the Federal Water Minister’s department to ensure fair water management for all.
Environmental arguments have their place. But too often they are used to push control agendas, riding rough-shod over individual and property rights. The result is productive citizens have their hands tied, subject to the whims of vast, impersonal departments with personnel who no longer appear to see themselves as public servants. They are not accountable to the people they are meant to serve. This must change so that public servants are directly accountable to the people. We can achieve this through Citizens Initiated Referendums (CIR).
If we are to rescue and continue with a viable system of family farming, we must re-establish a number of principles. These are:
- Farmers are the custodians of the land and they are best able to assess what needs to be done to maintain their farms in a productive manner.
- The right to build dams and catch water without licence or excessive regulation on family properties. Structures on public creeks and rivers will be subject to approval of the Regional Water Management Board, in consultation with the community.
- The right of ownership to everything that is produced on a farm without government interference, including captured water.
- The right to make any and all decisions on the use of private (residential and farm) property that does not harm others, including the right to determine when and where to plant and harvest trees and other vegetation on a property without any government interference. Proper tree planting policies encourage water generation, soil conservation, and increase the breathable oxygen available.
We propose water management practices to provide adequate storage, combat salination and to eliminate discharge of sewerage to river, bay or ocean outlets.We must institute policies after consultation with all citizens involved to re-use suitably treated recycled water, including piping it inland for use by farmers for irrigation.
We have seen that huge dams are not the answer.
Instead, we believe small dams and better water management will provide sufficient water for communities.
We will seek to eliminate drought by managing water efficiently, including channeling it through a canal system covering the continent to deliver water where it is needed and where it can be stored ready for use.
We must institute projects to provide work for thousands of citizens and solve our water shortage problem at the same time. A feasibility group should be set up to assess how these projects can be carried out and then make recommendations. For example, most of the water that falls in the north during the monsoon season runs off into the ocean or evaporates before it can reach communities down south. By channeling this runoff into canals and pipes we can direct this vast supply of water to where it is needed. But even more importantly, these projects to create the pipe and canal system will create work for thousands of people.
Water Storage Tanks
We must aim to build a series of water storage tanks within each region that will be fed by runoff rain water from town drainage systems. The storage tanks could be buried under local park land, so that there is no disruption to the community. These tanks will have a water purification plant attached to provide clean drinking water to the local community. Untreated water will be available in times of drought for industrial and home purposes such as watering lawns and filling toilet cisterns, etc.
Houses must be allowed to install water tanks as needed without paying a government fee.
New technology is emerging all the time to help us solve many problems. One new technology that we should be looking into implementing is “Water Seer“. Quoting from the website, A new device that relies on simple condensation to collect clean water from the atmosphere promises to provide up to 11 gallons of safe drinking water without an external power source, greenhouse gas emissions, or adverse environmental impacts. What’s more, the innovative Water Seer collection device could potentially run forever, gifting generations of people with access to ‘liquid gold’ in areas of the world where a harsh climate or lack of infrastructure make access to clean drinking water a major problem. Water Seer is powered by a simple wind turbine, and the device could easily be the first step toward a sustainable, enduring solution to water shortages around the world.
View the video to see how this device works:
CIRNow will ensure that the Australian government always acts according to Australian Constitutional laws, never to be dictated to again by the UN and other international organizations that do not have any legal status under our Constitution.
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