Kangaloon Aquifer Issues

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Kangaloon Groundwater Fact Sheet (SCA)

A fact sheet published by the SCA on the Kangaloon Aquifer is available for background reading. The publication describes the stages involved in the development of the proposed borefield. Planning approval will eventually be required by the Minister for Planning, once an environmental impact assessment has been completed.

The Myth of Sydney Being Drought Proof

An accurate and timely article by James Woodford, from the Sydney Morning Herald, describing the state of water resources that residents of Sydney and the Illawarra, are in. Our politicians are sending the wrong message to our city neighbours, almost saying "She'll be right mate", that we have this "new" resource in the form of groundwater as a severe drought measure. This resource is a precious, high quality source of drinking water. The only use of this water, if any, should be to conserve and protect it for future generations and the environment, or in a worst case scenario, as an emergency level source to provide clean drinking water in the event of a natural disaster or act of war or other catastrophic event.

Friday, June 16, 2006


I have been appointed to the Sydney Catchment Authority’s (SCA) Upper Nepean Groundwater Community Reference Group (from now on referred to as the CRG) and have created this site as a communication channel between the CRG and the broader community.

The group is expected to exist until the end of December 2006, when the government plans to make a decision regarding the proposed development of a borefield at Kangaloon to extract around 15 gigalitres (15 billion litres) of water per year to “drought proof” Sydney and the Illawarra.

The CRG has an advisory role and is to communicate between the government and the Southern Highlands community about this issue, and provides an opportunity to discuss community matters regarding environmental, social and other issues relating to this proposed development.

My background is in natural resources management and most recently I worked for the former Department of Land and Water Conservation (now Department of Natural Resources) for over 5 years at the Moss Vale office, covering the Wingecarribee and Wollondilly shires. I am a member of the National Parks Association of NSW (Southern Highlands branch) and the Robertson Environment Protection Society.