Minchin wrong on Snowy Hydro Scheme (letter)by Robert EtteryNews Weekly
, June 10, 2006
I think federal Finance Minister, Senator Nick Minchin, has got it all wrong, again. The fact is that the Snowy Hydro Scheme is not
predominantly a "power generator", as he stated on the ABC (May 25, 2006).
The Snowy Hydro Scheme was thought up and built by great visionary men of infinite knowledge and courage to harvest the water-rich reserves of the Snowy Mountains so that these precious waters could be channelled down to the parched irrigation areas to the west of the Snowy Mountains, rather than being "agriculturally wasted" in their normal flows going to the east and out into the sea.
The power generators at Tumut 1, 2 and 3 were thus installed to generate electricity to therefore generate revenue to pay for what was a hugely expensive but vital piece of infrastructure.
To glibly dismiss the whole Snowy Hydro Scheme as just a "power generator" is just showing the world one's ignorance of the facts.
The Snowy Hydro Scheme is an important cog in the agricultural industry of both New South Wales and Victoria, and this is where the debate should be focusing, not on the unintelligent ramblings of people in Canberra.Robert Ettery,
Mirboo North, Vic.