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Media Statement Sunday 2nd September 2007

SENATOR ANDREW BARTLETT Queensland Democrat Senator QUEENSLAND’S ONLY INDEPENDENT VOICE IN THE SENATE

Recycled water project opening better late than never

Senator Bartlett welcomed the opening of the western corridor recycled water project, saying it was better late than never for the Beattie government to be fully embracing water recycling.

“If the Beattie government had made the hard decisions on water recycling before we reached crisis point, south-east Queensland would not be in such a precarious position now,” Senator Bartlett said.

“I’ve been calling for the government to adopt full water recycling for years and I’ve also been saying that we should be doing much more to harvest storm water and to speed up retrofitting not relying on quick-fix, easy to sell but ultimately destructive solutions like dams.

“Traveston Crossing and Wyaralong dams won’t solve our water crisis, despite the government’s pig-headed persistence in pursing their construction. The government must realise that the social, environmental and economic cost of pursuing the dam option in Queensland will be enormous.

“The government must look at the alternative and scientifically based options for south-east Queensland’s water supply,not the easy-sell option of damming our waterways.

“It’s time to dump the dumb and destructive dams and really live up to our name as the Smart State by doing more to harvest our storm water, reduce wastage and expand recycling opportunities,” Senator Bartlett concluded.

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