Via Ken L at Road to Surfdom, the word is that the Prime Minister has urged Queensland and New South Wales to consider Malcom Turnbull’s idea of damming the Clarence river as to provide much needed water for South East Queensland.
I blogged on this issue back in January, a post written a pleasant stroll from the banks of the mighty Clarence. There are a number of good reasons why damming the Clarence is a short-sighted, ridiculous solution to a complex problem outlined in aforementioned post. In summary, if the dam did go ahead, Howard and Turnbull would be effectively transferring the water problem from SE QLD to Northern NSW. As a local issue, there isn’t much support.
In an election year, this issue will be a vote killer for the coalition in the Northern Rivers electorate of Page. The current sitting National MP, Ian Causley, will not contest this year’s election. The margin for Labor to win is 4.2% and this issue could see the seat change political hands.