Water laps over the public jetty as the Fitzroy River continues to rise at Rockhampton.
Water laps over the public jetty as the Fitzroy River continues to rise at Rockhampton. Chris Ison

Leyland Barnett says protect our Fitzroy River at all costs

OPINION: The extreme loss of fish in the Fitzroy river recently, has raised a lot of concerns about the quality of our drinking water. It is claimed that loss of oxygen in the water, due to the mud and sediments washed down from the flood, is the cause and not the polluted water released from the mines.

Our leaders explain to us that there is no problem with our drinking water. After having the worst cup of tea I have ever had, I know that there is a problem with our water quality and I am very skeptical of our leaders today as honesty is no longer a character trait that some display, and the public rightfully do not trust them today.

 

rok-driver Driver trainer Leyland Barnett. ALLAN REINIKKA AR15-0910-2
rok-driver Driver trainer Leyland Barnett. ALLAN REINIKKA AR15-0910-2 Allan Reinikka

If our river is destroyed from contaminates, we are looking at a very serious disaster, as our river is our life blood and should be protected at all costs.
I believe that the mines should be forced to treat the polluted water being pumped into our river systems.

 

If the mines can afford huge pumps to pump polluted water into our river system, then why can't they afford to treat the polluted water? If the water is treated properly before being released into the river, then the mines could pump out their pits all day long with out damaging the environment and then be able to resume their operations.

When the mines have completed their operations, we don't want to end up with a contaminated river and end up with serious health risks to all communities that rely on the river. Our actions today, can make all the difference traveling into the future, so do we need to lobby the mines into treating contaminated water before releasing it into the Fitzroy River?



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