IT SOUNDS like a good idea to reuse and pump our water discharged from our power stations so the water can be used over and over again.
Remember a few years ago when the state government wanted more income for the state and informed the Hydro (or whatever they are called now) to produce more power for the state coffers. The outcome was a critical water level at our two main storage lakes (Strathgordon and the Great lake) and running at such a high capacity over a long period of time, the Basslink cable broke down putting the state in dire circumstances for normal power consumers.
At the most we could double our generated output from our power stations, but even then it would probably not be enough for Melbourne alone and of what cost to our beautiful state, we couldn't even build the Gordon below Franklin dam because of the Greenies. Hydro has already tried re-generation at Arthurs Lake and Todds Corner with the pump station only working a dozen or so times because of the pump and cost was prohibitive. I would like to see Tasmania if Hydro wasn't around, it opened up the state and was the main factor in most of our major companies coming to the state in the first place, but to be the state’s saviour, I think not.
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
THE Tarkine seems to be a bit of ill defined area. On one hand we have the coastal area currently protected, then we have the huge area of scrub and forest (much of it fire damaged or previously logged) that the Greens want to lock away.
If you can believe the tourist signs the Tarkine starts just inland from Wynyard and ends the other side of the Pieman River.
When will someone finally map the true Tarkine. We can't continue to argue over areas of supposed wilderness when no one actually knows what is what. My recent trip to the area showed me so many contradictions (like the tourist road that winds its way through untouched forest, plantation timber, burnt-out sparse bush and button grass plains) that it made assessing the value of this claimed wildness. So someone please map the area properly and don't go annexing forest that has been selectively logged for over 150 years as old growth wilderness.
Ken Terry, Bridport.
A GOOD letter from Brian Habner (The Examiner, July 21) - who clearly realises that the councils are not interested in people when in comes to parking facilities, but in revenue.
We only have to look at the empty shops in the CBD to realise their myopic approach on this subject.
Len Langan, Longford.
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