LET'S talk about the elephant in the room.
I have emailed and written to local councillors, ministers at state and federal level, the Murray Darling Authority, the Natural Resources Commission, the Environmental Defenders' Office and other media organisations about this situation with water and have come to the opinion that many people haven't the answer or do not know what is going on.
The Fish River is a tributary of the Macquarie River, so how is it that Oberon Dam has been piping water to the eastern side of the ranges for 61 years?
During this drought, and I will quote Water NSW's own figures, in 2018/2019, the FRWS (Fish River Water Scheme) exported 10,934 megalitres of water from Oberon Dam to the eastern side of the ranges.
All this water ends up in Warragamba Dam.
In a good year, say 2016/2017, the start of the drought, the figure was 33.861 megalitres.
Can you seriously say this scheme that was dreamt up as a World War Two solution for water at Glen Davis shale oil plant is still relevant? I don't think so.
It's about time the ratepayers and voters of this town know about this scheme.
The theft of water from the Macquarie Valley, the Macquarie Marshes, the Darling and the Murray needs to stop now.
Have you thought how much better off all communities on these rivers would be if that water was returned to where it belongs?
People need to be aware and take action.
As I write this, it is raining in the east again.
This has to change. Bathurstians, stand up for a fair share of water resources.