Kangaloon Aquifer Issues

Friday, June 16, 2006

Introduction

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.

2 Comments:

  • The Kangaloon Aquifer is very important to the Southern Highlands region, I believe. It supports agriculture and grazing and dairy industries (through bores).

    But I believe the very character of this environment, with its many springs high on the basalt hills, is all integrally linked to the Aquifer.

    Best of luck to you and the other members of the CRG.

    By Blogger Denis Wilson, at 1:18 AM  

  • The story about the Kangaloon Aquifer in the Daily Telegraph focussed on the wrong issue for the wrong reasons. As Mark Latham is now out of politics I see no reason to fill newspapers with any article about him. The snipe is apparently neither rare or protected unlike the leek orchid, Prasohpyllum uroglossum. Only 18 plants remain due to the problems associated with peat mining and are further threatened by access to the aquifer as this species prefers a wetter habitat than most terrestrial orchids. I have contaced DEC in an effort to get access to hand pollinate some plants in the hope the population can be made more viable. At this point I am waiting on a response. There are of course other problems with aquifer access but this is my prime concern.
    Alan W Stephenson
    National COnservation Officer, Australasian Native Orchid Society

    By Anonymous Alan W Stephenson, at 3:51 PM  

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