IT’S a funny old world we live on.
It’s also a funny old time we find ourselves in.
What’s more important, at this time, than the earth we walk on is what’s buried deep below and what lies on top and evaporates into the ether.
What’s become more clear in recent months is the preciousness and scarcity of the clear stuff sometimes found sitting on top of the earth we walk on and how it affects the land.
The water has dried to unprecedented levels recently and the coal which is dug up and burnt is a finite resource.
People have burred-up about the recent development with Shenhua’s Watermark proposal with the state government apparently allowing the company to commence pre-construction works before it has submitted studies on the mine’s potential impacts to vegetation and groundwater.
It would make sense that before it digs in looking for coal below the earth, it should have to make sure its not going to taint the water and land where it’s mining.
It loves being coddled by legislation, but once again when it comes to land and sustainability it increasingly seems ad lib.
It has ever been a time for leadership it is now.
Towns are getting water trucked-in presently and farmers are facing one of heck of battle to get crops in to feed our hungry nation.
It’s clear the land is hurting like it hasn’t before in recent times and perhaps like it hasn’t ever before.
It certainly is a funny old time to be alive and walking on the earth.
Each passing day might bring us closer to rain, but it is definitely urging us closer to state and federal elections which are just months away.
In the lead-up to these votes, remember your pencil and paper will be very powerful this time around, please think of the land you walk on and make sure you ask the candidates how they’ll stand up for it and demand the clear answers we need in this trying time.