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Rainwater tanks trump Traveston Dam

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Rachel Siewert 16 Apr 2007

With the release of the Marsden Jacobs water report today the Australian Greens call on the Queensland government to abandon the Traveston Dam project and carry out a full analysis of all the option including rainwater tanks, Greens water spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
"The Australian Conservation Foundation is doing the job the government should have done by doing critical research on water supply options in response to this crisis in water security," Senator Siewert said.
The release today of a cost-benefit analysis by Marsden Jacob Associates, commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation, shows rainwater tanks are more cost effective than other water saving measures.
"I'm shocked that in response to such a serious water crisis state and federal governments haven't been carrying out this type of analysis," Senator Siewert said.
"State and federal governments are still locked into the big infrastructure approach to water provision, which is clearly evidenced by the federal government's release last week of five further dam options for northern NSW rivers and by the proposal to dam the Mary River at Traveston."
Senator Siewert will be strongly pushing for all alternative options to be considered in the Traveston Dam inquiry during the hearings this week.
"Rainwater tanks have the additional benefit of being independent of the dramatic reduction in runoff produced by climate change as the parched earth soaks up a greater percentage of rainfall," Senator Siewert said.

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