SINKING FEELING: Dominic Doblo and Sir Graham McCamley speak about a proposed dam on the Fitzroy River.
SINKING FEELING: Dominic Doblo and Sir Graham McCamley speak about a proposed dam on the Fitzroy River. Allan Reinikka Rokadam

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Direct efforts elsewhere on dam debate

"SOCIETY is made great when men plant trees, whose shade they will never enjoy."

When Dominic Doblo talks about his dam I am reminded of this Ancient Greek proverb. Unfortunately a quick look on Google Earth reveals another proverb: "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

The proposed dam will submerge significant areas of farm land and the water will be that expensive as to preclude all but the corporate entities.

While it is easy to criticise those with innovative ideas, this is not an innovative idea, merely a distraction tactic from the bigger issues.

Central Queensland has abundant resources but the Viking mentality of raping and pillaging for short-term gain does not get the best return from those resources.

Perhaps it is time to look at secondary and tertiary utilisation of those resources.

Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef employs three times more people than mining in Queensland, leaving the resource to generate income ad infinitum.

As the world becomes more prosperous there is a need for higher-quality food and increased leisure activities.

Perhaps this is where our efforts should be directed rather than flogging deceased equines.

Christopher Horton

Gracemere



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