Brisbane dams fiasco 1 (letter)by Anthony BuckleyNews Weekly
, March 5, 2011
Patrick J. Byrne states in his article, "After the deluge, build new dams!" (News Weekly
, February 5): "Later, the Wayne Goss Government attempted to build the Wolfdene Dam south of Brisbane for the rapidly growing south-east corner of Queensland. Local protests saw the project scrapped."
Nothing could be further from the truth. Labor Premier Wayne Goss and his future head of Premier's Department, Kevin Rudd promised before the December 1989 election to cancel the Wolfdene Dam if Labor was elected.
The National Party Government at the time was close to starting construction and there were only a few blocks of land remaining in dispute.
Goss did it for the blatant political opportunism of hoping to win two or three seats in that region. True to his promise, upon election he cancelled the dam and a few others in earlier stages of development and so ultimately left south-east Queensland high and dry.
While most of us in Queensland are aware of what happened at the time, neither Wayne Goss, Kevin Rudd nor other members of the incoming state Labor Government at the time have been held properly accountable for the damage they did to our water infrastructure for both water-supply and flood-control purposes.
The subsequent governments of Peter Beattie and Anna Bligh have staggered from one disastrous decision to the other.Anthony Buckley,
The Gap, Brisbane, Qld