Letter to The Western Herald Bourke-Published 10.05.18

The dates might look strange, but note it was delivered nine years ago. On re-reading it I like what I said about Gail and Bourke graziers.The Editor,Your article on Will Ogilvie and Bourke (Western Herald-April 12) reminded me of the  speech I gave at the Official Opening at the Back of Bourke Centre in October … Continue reading Letter to The Western Herald Bourke-Published 10.05.18

Blog Presentation

I have just spent several hours "labelling" all the 317 posts I have entered/written over the last ten years. By changing the date of origin I have brought to the "front" those on the very topical Murray Darling Basin Plan, which I consider the most relevant. Son Mike has also pointed out that by entering http://davidboydsblog.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Murray%20Darling%20Basin%20Plan You can … Continue reading Blog Presentation

Submission To the Murray Darling Basin Authority On the Draft Plan 10th April, 2012

Submission To the Murray Darling Basin Authority On the Draft Plan10th April, 2012PreambleThe debate over the last year or so on the Draft Plan and its predecessor has revealed glaring flaws in both the Water Act (2007) and the Draft Plan.So much so that if we are serious in securing better natural resource management in … Continue reading Submission To the Murray Darling Basin Authority On the Draft Plan 10th April, 2012

Murray Darling Basin Plan -Overview 2014 Updated 2018

Murray Darling Basin Plan-Overview 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 … Continue reading Murray Darling Basin Plan -Overview 2014 Updated 2018

High Praise For Murray Darling Water Management

06.05.2011A leading world authority on water has lavished praise on Australia's water management during the Millenium Drought which has now broken so spectacularly.Harvard Professor John Briscoe is a former Senior Water Advisor at the World Bank and was called in as an advisor to the Murray Darling Basin Authority in the preparation of the controversial … Continue reading High Praise For Murray Darling Water Management

Murray Darling Basin Plan-Big 2016 Wet-Reminder

04.10.18The big winter wet of this year (2016) is a timely reminder of the flaws in the MDB Plan. I have long been fascinated by inland water flows in this very flat land, with highly variable rainfall, which is the predominant feature of Australia. Dorothea Mackellar got it so right with her classic line "Droughts … Continue reading Murray Darling Basin Plan-Big 2016 Wet-Reminder

Murray Darling Basin-Entitlements and Allocations

Recently a  radio commentator signed off by saying "we have spent billions of dollars on the MDB, yet the Lower Darling has ceased to flow". The speaker clearly believed that this statement said it all. In fact, it is a non sequitur. It simply does not follow that spending billions will create flow events. Nature … Continue reading Murray Darling Basin-Entitlements and Allocations