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Howard should fund water efficiency, not Yarragadee.



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SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT

Howard should fund water efficiency, not Yarragadee

Senator Siewert, 19th February 2007

Senator Rachel Siewert has backed calls for the Federal Government to block WA Premier Alan Carpenter's request for funding to tap the Yarragadee aquifer.

"There is no doubt that with a $300 million kickstart from the Federal Government, Perth could be well on the way to a sustainable water future", said Senator Siewert.

"Spending these funds on the environmentally damaging Yaragadee proposal is precisely the wrong approach, since it does nothing to address our unsustainable water demands."

Senator Siewert pointed to 'Our Water Challenge', a paper prepared by Greens (WA) MLC Paul Llewellyn, which outlines a number of sensible alternatives to large scale drawdown of the Yarragadee aquifer.

"Sooner or later the State Government will begin to address the water demand and efficiency sides of the equation," Senator Siewert said. "The Greens intend to make sure that this happens as soon as possible, rather than wasting vast amounts of money on what is essentially a groundwater mining operation."

The 'Our Water Challenge' paper can be found here: http://www.mp.wa.gov.au/llewellyn/yarragadee.php

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