Chinese-owned company has been granted approval to run a 96m litre a
year commercial water mining operation in severely drought-hit
southern Queensland, where locals are on water rations and
communities at imminent risk of running dry.
week the Southern Downs regional council approved a development
application for the company, Joyful View Garden Real Estate
Development Resort Pty Ltd, to operate a water extraction and
distribution facility at Cherrabah, a large property at Elbow Valley
near the Queensland-New South Wales border.
following day the council implemented extreme water restrictions for
residents at the nearby towns of Warwick and Stanthorpe, limiting
residents to 80L a day.
is expected to run out of drinking water within weeks.
business case for the controversial $500m Broken Hill pipeline,
released after a three-year battle, reveals the New South Wales
government made almost no effort to evaluate the impacts of the
pipeline on the lower Darling and instead put weight on how the
pipeline would help the cotton industry upstream and mining ventures
along the pipeline route.