THE WEATHER GOES ON AND ON
What do climate critics really know or imagine?
I have records from West Wyalong dating back to 1895 I will put all rainfall totals into millimeters.
- 1895 251 mm
- 1896 322.75mm
- 1900 292.75mm
- 1902 284.5mm
In 1903 we get a average year of 402.75, average years continue till 1906 with a good year of 586.75mm then we have average years some better than average.
Then 283.5mm in 1902 then good years till 1937 with 300 mm so it goes on and on.
I wonder what was the level of carbon dioxide back in those days my great grandparents moved into the brand new Rankins Springs Hotel on Whitton Stock Route in 1893 and the stories told by my father it certainly a big drought.
The drought is no different to back in 1900, to the three years we have just endured these people that cast doom and gloom please just get a life.
Nobody has ever forecast the weather with any accuracy maybe our older residents may know more than the intellectuals who keep bombarding us with all this garbage. To all farmers thank goodness the government has nothing to do with weather, just look at how they handle our river water
Greg McCarten, Griffith
REGIONS FEEL BRUNT OF CHINA'S ACTIONS
China has made it clear it doesn't want our goods. The sad part is that decision mainly impacts regional areas of Australia.
We are the ones who produce the goods which are no longer wanted. I have always believed regional Australia needs a strong, united voice to represent our interests.
A voice to fight for our interests on the international trade stage and within our own country. That role has always fallen to Country Party or NSW Nationals.
Right now with the significantly eroded footstep of the NSW Nationals, and the rise of independent and minor parties in State and Federal Parliament, it means there is no longer a singular voice to represent the rural people in the face of trade tensions.
It will be a real test of our political system, and a test of the strength of rural people to see if the multitude of rural political voices can fight on a united front for our future.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
NOT YET TIME FOR CHAMPAGNE
I've read a lot of positive comment about the visit to the Murray/Riverina region by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and its new chairman Sir Angus Houston.
May I emphasise that I hope this is the start of genuine efforts to repair a broken Basin Plan; one that has effectively been a political football and we are the ones the politicians have kicked around.
However, there needs to be a word of caution.
Firstly, we need to understand that the MDBA bureaucracy - those who refuse to acknowledge the environmental damage being caused by the plan, or do anything about it - has not changed. The same players given the task of implementing this policy disaster are still in their positions. They have shown no compassion for our region, nor any commitment to work with us to fix the disaster that has unfolded under their watch.
Secondly, it would be wise if we did not forget past visits by the MDBA. Previous visits by a past MDBA chairman have done nothing to appease local concerns, nor resulted in any steps to repair the damage. In fact, reports have indicated that on at least two occasions some dialogue was either misrepresented at MDBA board level, or comments were 'cherry-picked' to present a positive but inaccurate impression.
Hopefully that will not be the case this time and we can start moving forward. But let's not count our chickens before they hatch.
Alan Wragge, Deniliquin
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