Proposal for Permanent Infrastructure implementation for drought relief water supplies
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To all of the Honorable Members of the Australian Senate
Regarding our proposed Drought Relief Scheme.
My name is Kevin Bartolo from Narrawallee, near Milton Ulladulla on the South Coast of
NSW. We are and have been a rural farming area since the towns were founded. Along with
our neighboring south coast farming districts and those of the rest of Australia, we have
signed the attached petition, which was taken online (https://www.change.org/p/to-theaustralian
drought-relief-water-supplies). We are wanting action taken to protect our farmers
It has gone beyond the time for drought relief and that of band-aid solutions of low interest
loans and short term cash relief, but time for future preventative measures to be put into
action. Farming is the backbone of any nation, without it, everyone is affected. It should never
get to the state at which it is now. Farmers should not be put through the stress they are
under, financially and mentally.
Billions in financial relief has been given to those affected by drought, since 1971 and
changing scope in 1989, 1992, 1997, (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farmfood/
drought/drought-policy/history) The Drought Policy and Programs were to:
encourage primary producers and other sections of rural Australia to adopt self-reliant
approaches to managing for climate variability and facilitate the maintenance and protection
of Australia’s agricultural and environmental resources base during periods of climatic stress
facilitate the early recovery of agricultural and rural industries, consistent with long-term
Unfortunately these measures have not worked, as all have seen time and time again and
really were just a push back onto those suffering from drought to find a solution. The problem
isn't theirs to burden, it is Australia's burden.
Going forward we need to see new infrastructure built to assist farmers during drought times.
We propose that all state governments and our federal government, work together to bring
this into place.
The following is suggested, but in no means is being stated as the solution. The solution will
need multiple types of infrastructure working together for one solution.
Proposed: only to be used in times of drought only.
1 . Pipelines to be run from our major dams, and or new dams, that will allow direct supply to
farms, or, access to filling stations which would be used by farmers using a community owned
water truck which they have access to use and would be driven by themselves.
2 . We have a desalination plant that has plenty of capacity to provide extra water to supply
these drought relief water supplies when needed.
3 . New infrastructure built to reuse our sewage and runoff water to feed the new dams for
drought use. Water for cattle drinking and watering feed crop and human food crops.
Infrastructure to move flood waters in waterways and areas of regular flooding into the
drought water storage systems.
4 . In return, farmers will allocate acres of their land which they will indefinitely loan for solar,
hydro and wind power production technology to be installed, by the Drought Relief Scheme,
to feed power to any of the infrastructure, to have it running at cost neutral. As well as
additional power to feed back into the grid as green energy which will see the drought relief
scheme being paid for by any such power, which will go to pay for the infrastructure and
ongoing maintenance and expansion costs.
5. This is a extremely large infrastructure project that will need many workers of different
skill trades. We also propose that this is a perfect time for the government of Australia to
make use of this opportunity, to wind back the use of Greenhouse producing electricity power
stations and use the labor force that comes out of this closure, to be used and retrained if
required, in the construction and maintenance of that outlined in (see.4).
The cost to farmers will be nil for construction of this infrastructure and for usage of the
water(only during drought with usage monitored). All costs to be covered by the production of
electricity and its resale (see.4).
The state and federal governments need to pay for the infrastructure up front (and payed
back, see .4). The up front cost for the infrastructure could be payed by all Australians by a
small increase in tax, say a once off, 1% drought relief tax, as a loan only, which will be payed
back via tax break, claimed on a future tax return as a tax deduction or as shares of a public
owned company with options to buy more shares.
Australians will save more than the 1% increase with cheaper cost to the consumer of
farming produce during drought times, as there won't be major price fluctuations due to
affects of drought as farmers yields will be higher than that of times before the Drought Relief
Scheme that has been proposed.
It is a win win solution for farmers, and all Australians. As mentioned, in no way are we
proposing this as the total solution. But the suggested measures, if looked at, will prevent
future costs on farmers and the Australian community from drought and saving lives. Australia
will always be in drought and need Governments to work together to instigate solutions, as
we have suggested above, now, not later. We can show the world what can be done when
you look at a problem from outside the box.
Please do right for Australia.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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