Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Island magic

The area I live in is about to have a Federal by-election. Our former member moved onto other things 12 months after the election. Our seat of Mayo was a very safe seat for the Liberal Party with former foreign minister Alexander Downer holding the seat for many years.

Now that we have a by-election there has been much speculation and politicing with 11 candidates standing for election , many are independants, not affiliated with any major political party. Most have been running a campaign on the lack of water in our area.

I emailed 10 of the candidates (who had email addresses) asking specific questions on non-water related issues.

Some of my questions asked

  • about what they would do for our area if elected.
  • The price of petrol in country areas and how we have no competition.
  • No alternative method of transport other than a car because of our rural location.
  • Lack of doctors and waiting times to see your doctor
  • Shortage of dentists
  • Food prices
  • Property values and the rise in rates
  • Internet speed (and the lack of) and pricing monoploy in the country
  • Removal of govt. infrastructure offices to the capital city instead of having a small office in country areas

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The Alexandrina Council which is the council that covers Hindmarsh Island, towns and district around the Lakes and Goolwa have showing in the Goolwa Council office foyer a Water Watch meter showing the current state of the River Murray in Goolwa. It makes for some sobering viewing

Water meter

The Alexandrina Council which is the council that covers Hindmarsh Island, towns and district around the Lakes and Goolwa have taken a pro-active stand about the lack of water and how it is affecting the communities and business about the Murray River situation.

They have launched an ‘Impact of Drought and low water Levels’ website that has a wide range of items and comment on it from farmers, businesses, scientists and ordinary people etc.

Also of interest is a video by National Geographic on the impact of the low water conditions in the Coorong and the implications of this on the RAMSAR Convention agreement.

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Goolwa and the river Murray have been in the news a fair bit recently due to the lack of water in the river.

The lack of water is caused by several factors.

  • Drought
  • Over allocation of water upstream for irrigation
  • Climate change
  • Govt. inaction to deal with the situation

There has been several public rallys at the lack of Govt. inaction.

We need water now

Goolwa Region – Water crisis

Goolwa is the last port on the River Murray before it exits to the ocean and due to drought and overuse of water allocation throughout Australia the River Murray has been slowly drying up.
At Goolwa the river is now below sea level. The Murray Mouth has had dredges at it keeping the mouth open for 5 years. The salinity of the river is now the equivilent of 50% sea water. Acid soils are spreading along the river banks. The river has stopped flowing.

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