CITY'S STREETS NEED UPGRADES
Plenty of streets need major upgrades. Griffith City Council's doorstep is an eyesore from Benerembah Street to Noorla Street down to Parkinson Crescent and everywhere in between.
Median strips on Kookora Street are desolate bowls of dirt and weeds.
Quite honestly Griffith City Council is incapable of beautifying its own doorstep and would rather vote for a tourist attraction in the middle of a residential area in Lake Wyangan knowing that council doesn't need to spend a cent.
Julie McMahon, Lake Wyangan
LINKS TO CITY STILL STRONG
Perhaps I'm a little to old to participate in Finding Home exhibition. Born to Italian immigrant parents, raised, schooled and commencing work in Griffith, I chose to leave the town of my birth to settle in 'the big smoke'.
My parent's imminent retirement from their cleaning jobs of the Lyceum, Rio cinemas and the Rural Bank (in their early years picking seasonal fruits) prompted the move and to further my career.
'Leave for Freedom', after a taste of city living, while on holidays, a year after commencing work at Griffith Telephone Exchange in 1961.
I am still in contact with Italian 'amici', school friends but only a few of my former work colleagues. I have returned four times, once to celebrate an '0' birthday. The 'Festa delle Salsicce'- the icing on my cake.
Hopefully to return, sit and reflect, under the Poplar trees, overlooking the Main Canal, near my family home.
Gloria Velleley (nee Comelli), Belrose
WHERE DOES WATER COME FROM?
In relation to who owns water, under NSW law the right to the control, use and flow of water are vested in the Crown to be managed sustainably for the benefit of present and future generations.
Water is one of our most valuable assets and the NSW Government has a responsibility to the people to ensure it is managed in an equitable and transparent manner.
Australia remains one of the only countries in the world that sells water entitlements to overseas governments and investors. Water is not an investment to be bargained with and in times of drought, when mother nature decides not to rain, our governments came up with the decisions that drought is no longer declared a natural disaster, even though it is as devastating as floods and fire.
Rain water has become a money making business out of the misery of irrigation communities and in times of drought farmers are forced to buy water on the open market, if they don't buy water for their animals, fruit trees, vines, crops and communities they would slowly die of thirst and how many towns ran out of drinking water?
There are no legal rules that those non-irrigators who invest in buying water allocation, non-irrigators investors in 2014 were legally allowed to buy water, traders, investors, managed funds, environment groups, water brokers and even sovereign wealth funds to buy and hoard water.
In 2019-20 the drought was broken and farmers went out and planted their wheat crops and general security water allocation for start of irrigation season 2020-21 was 30 per cent, compare 2018-19 of seven per cent and six per cent, the price of water in the Murrumbidgee Valley around $155 a megalitre, compare to the high price of $800 a megalitre and an increase to irrigators' allocation in January stands at 100 per cent, too late to plant a crop.
There is a season to plant and a time to harvest what has been planted. Will the non-irrigators park their water on the environment account for next season 2021-22?
Our dam's storage level Burrinjuck 78.1 per cent, Blowering 78.0 per cent, Hume 58.5 per cent 15th January, Dartmouth 61.4 per cent. The Speak Up campaign in 2019, 11,000 people in the Basin signed the petition calling on the NSW Government for a Public Water register transparency of who owns water.
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
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