Despite the news that Saddam Hussein has been executed today, water is still the main issue in Robertson, today. I have reported on this grim news of Saddam's execution on another blog site, which I invite you to visit.
The SCA has lodged a submission to the Federal Department of Environment and Heritage, as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Put simply, the submission is a white wash (I am tempted to call it a "tissue of lies").
They basically say that they are not going to harm the environment of the Kangaloon Aquifer - trust them - they know what they are doing.
This site was used for pumping in January 2006. It is called a "rehabilitation area", but is still largely bare dirt, 12 months later. The sign (above) is visible on the right of the photo. Behind it is Bore 2C - the most productive bore on the entire bore field.
That bore site 2C is less than 100 metres from Butler's Swamp (left) - on Tourist Road. It is an "Endangered Ecological Community", listed under the EPBC Act.
It remains to be seen if this Act can be by-passed by the SCA's reassurances, or whether the Federal Department will take seriously its task as an environment protector.