Murray Darling Basin Plan-Overview April,2014

From the time that the Howard Government, in an attempt to garner "green" votes, decided to throw $10bn at the Murray Darling Basin, the management of the Basin has been a political football. This vote chasing initiative arose as the great Millennium Drought was biting hard and water shortages, the natural consequences of drought, were being erroneously blamed on … Continue reading Murray Darling Basin Plan-Overview April,2014

A Memorandum for My Sisters

Economic Growth/Poverty and Disease/The EnvironmentI have long been impressed by Dorothy Rowe's statement that our psychological state of mind is the result of how we see the world and how we see our place in that world. Our recent exchange on the global warming controversy revealed starkly to me how dismally you both view the … Continue reading A Memorandum for My Sisters


I am looking forward to this one"Humans have never had it so good. We are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to the march of science and technology.So why have we become so gloomy about the modern world and so pessimistic about the future? Why have we convinced ourselves that earth’s … Continue reading Endarkenment

On A Lighter Note

For the uninitiated, there actually is a place called Come-By Chance. It is north west of Coonamble between Pilliga and Walgett. Just 'up the road' from one of Clyde's former flagship properties-"Wingadee".One of my favourite Banjo Patterson poems tells you all about it. If you read nothing else, go to the last verse.Come-by-ChanceAs I pondered … Continue reading On A Lighter Note

Climate Change and Global Warming-In Brief

QUOTE OF NOTE: From Emeritus Professor Les Woodcock, a former NASA scientist, reported in the Yorkshire Post, commenting on climate change and global warming. “The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of ‘man-made climate … Continue reading Climate Change and Global Warming-In Brief

Water Storage and Irrigation

An article written by Craig Simmons, professor of hydrogeology at Flinders University and director, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training,prompted me to endeavour to collect my thoughts on irrigation and water storage in the contemporary political climate. It follows."A very interesting article. There is no doubt that IF we could store water just beneath the … Continue reading Water Storage and Irrigation