There, I thought that’d get someone’s attention.
What’s this crazy guy talking about?
Why would the newly elected Mayor of Cairns Regional Council, with a mandate for greener and more humane policies, risk the health of the Cairns population by giving them potentially toxic water to drink?
I hope she won’t, and that’s good news for Kuranda.
It would mean that at long last, someone in government may test the Barron River for pesticides and other toxic chemicals – and make the data public.
I’ll explain. On commercial talkback radio last week, several days after her election, the new Mayor was asked a question about expanding Cairns’ water supply.
In her reply, Val Schier enthused about proposals to divert some of the Barron River flow – presumably from the lower Barron – for use in Cairns.
I wonder if she has ever inquired what is poured into the Barron catchment, year in, year out, by the tablelands farming community? I wonder if she has any handle on rumours of toxic leaching from Mareeba landfills?
I wonder if Val Schier – like Friends of the Earth Kuranda – has ever asked State Government representatives detailed questions about Barron River water quality. FoE Kuranda was fobbed off with evasive waffle. How did she go?
Without real data on this, Mayor Schier is very unwise to pledge Barron water to her thirsty residents.