"Most Australians know all too well how precious water is. Sydney just
experienced a severe drought, while towns across New South Wales and
Queensland ran out of drinking water. Under climate change, the
situation will become more dire, and more common.
It wasn’t meant to be this way. In 2004, federal, state and territory
governments signed up to the National Water Initiative. It was meant to
secure Australia’s water supplies through better governance and plans
for sustainable use across industry, environment and the community.
But a report by the Productivity Commission released today says the
policy must be updated. It found the National Water Initiative is not
fit for the challenges of climate change, a growing population and our
changing perceptions of how we value water.
The report’s findings matter to all Australians, whether you live in a
city or a drought-ravaged town. If governments don’t manage water
better, on our behalf, then entire communities may disappear.
Agriculture will suffer and nature will continue to degrade. It’s time
for a change."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics