Bill Tatt: money better spent on reclaiming water for the inland

Stock and property: Bill Tatt discusses the Queensland floods, reclaiming water for the inland and the recent cattle sale at Dubbo. Photo: File.
Stock and property: Bill Tatt discusses the Queensland floods, reclaiming water for the inland and the recent cattle sale at Dubbo. Photo: File.

Week Ending 08/02/2019

Rain in the North, Coastal and Central parts of Queensland have been unbelievable. According to some reports the Richmond district has received their best rain event in 30 years and many other parts witnessed the best falls in three to five years.

Townsville is drowning and some centres along that part of the Queensland coast have started to measure their rainfall in metres.

Reasonable rain reports have come out of Victoria and parts of southern NSW and even around the Dubbo district some very tidy falls have been recorded.

Surely some level of government will now begin to understand the importance of harvesting the bulk of the water currently flowing into the Gulf or into the ocean of Queensland and re-direct these flows into the various inland rivers and channels that could change the very nature of the heart of Eastern Australia.

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We keep hearing politicians proclaiming that Australia can become the ‘Food Bowl’ of south east Asia.

This situation would be much easily achieved if our interior had abundant supplies of water.

Imagine if we had eight to 10 weirs along some of these river systems, we could change the inland environment for the better probably and if each weir or dam had an electricity turbine how good could that be.

My fervent belief is that the taxpayer dollars spent on reclaiming water for the inland would be a much better way to go.

Bill Tatt

Governments are spending millions of dollars trying to get city workers to their offices 10 or 15 minutes quicker, demolishing perfectly sound sporting facilities and replacing them with further state of the are monoliths.

My fervent belief is that the taxpayer dollars spent on reclaiming water for the inland would be a much better way to go.

Dubbo Agents drew for 4900 cattle for the sale on Thursday, February 7, a sharp increase in the size of recent yarding’s which have fluctuated between 2500 and 3500 head.

While much of our area remains in the grip of drought these wonderful rain events to the North should stem the flow of cattle to the Northern abattoirs from inland Queensland and allow our local markets to come more into play.

Even parts of the north not under the cloud bursts should have the opportunity to secure agistment closer to home thus giving them a much-needed option to retain what cattle they have left.

January 2019 has opened with a bang for export meat processors as beef to all destinations reached a stellar 67,590 tonnes some 33 per cent higher than the same month last year and 15 per cent better than the most recent three-year average.