The Bracks Labor Government has finally overcome its inertia on water policy and decided to build a $3.1b desalination plant in Gippsland as the answer to our water woes.
This is clearly a third-rate option. For the same outlay the Victorian Government could have built one or two dams, which are much more environmentally-friendly, than the desalination plant, which will consume about one fifth of the capacity of a typical coal-power plant.
To make the project “carbon-neutral”, the Government intends to install 150 new wind-turbines. These eye-sores are a very unreliable source of power and require further government outlays.
Building a desalination plant, then, is not helping the greenhouse problem and, to add insult to injury, it will mean a doubling of water prices to the end consumer.
Why is it so hard to do the best and right thing by building more dams? Dams do not create greenhouse gases, and are far cheaper to maintain.
Sometimes I think I’m living in Noddyland.