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Reece Pocock short Bio. I live in Adelaide South Australia with my wife Marilyn who is the guiding light in my life. My son lives not far away with his wife and three gorgeous Granddaughters that are the joy of my life. "After many years of working, having a family, community and military service, I thought I had a story to tell, so I wrote a novel. The trouble was, when I read it, I knew it wasn't good enough. The professional writing course at Adelaide Centre for the ARTS proved to be ideal for me. The four years I spent studying opened up many opportunities and proved life changing. "I am currently employed as a finance broker and find as much time to write as I can." Current work in progress The historical novel that started it all is under consideration by a US Agent. I’m trying to find a producer for two film scripts. I am also working on another novel, children's stories, and short stories. And I am writing articles for a trade magazine as well as TheCheers. Specific Skills and Work Orientation Much of my work is history based with particular interest in the Australian Military. I am interested in commission or freelance work of all kinds, and willing to discuss any proposals. I enjoy research, and have good computer skills. Memberships SA Writer's Centre since 1998 Grace Emily Writer's Group Australian Writer’s Guild

In this article Reece discusses How to stuff up a Mighty River.


How to stuff up a Mighty River

 article about How to stuff up a Mighty River
2008-05-11 04:09:46

This article belongs to Australia - Land of the Free? column.


Australia's mighty River Murray is in danger because of greedy water extraction policies. The upper reaches of the river system have had good rains but almost none of the flows have reached the lower areas in South Australia.

Toxic River Bed

How's this for inept organisation, the part of the river that runs through the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia were administered by the state Governments. If the catchment area is considered for the Murray Darling then that extends all the way up to Queensland and is administered by the state.



 


When state interests override the national interest that spells disaster and the result is the fractured and petty jealousies that a lack of organisation encourages. Recently the Federal Government has injected 10 billion dollars and taken over responsibility for the Murray from New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.


 


It is so bad that the lower Lakes Alexandrina and Albert contain in some areas 'monosulfidic black ooze' in the dried out lakebed. This causes rapid oxygen depletion of lake and drainage waters when the ooze is mixed with oxygenated water. There is fear that this toxic water could find its way in the City of Adelaide's (population in excess of 1 million) drinking water.



How the River can look


 


The once proud river's water may not be suitable for human use soon. How could this happen? Australian Governments are supposed to be enlightened and care about the environment. A series of barrages and dams along the river restricts the flow and stops flooding out from the riverbanks. Time will tell us that much of this interference was detrimental to the river.



Lower Lakes
Inept decision-making, greedy self-interest, head in the sand politicians, drought, have ruined one of the great rivers of the world. Only time will tell if it is too late. The 10 billion dollars is to buy back water leases that never should have been granted in the first place.


 


I fear it is already too late.


 


Pictures courtesy of the ABC and CSIRO





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