Letters, September 5: Water worries are real

Reader Dennis Aston doesn't believe the government will introduce water restrictions before next year's state election, despite rapidly falling water levels in our dams.
Reader Dennis Aston doesn't believe the government will introduce water restrictions before next year's state election, despite rapidly falling water levels in our dams.

Water worries real

As reported in Advertiser on August 20, water restrictions will be imposed across Sydney if the Sydney dam level average falls below 50 per cent.

This is fine for Sydney as Warragamba is currently 68 per cent, where as Nepean, Wollondilly Shire’s water supply, is already at 50 per cent.

The back-up supply from the Shoalhaven System is already well down at 41 per cent in Talowa Dam, 61 per cent in Wingecaribee Dam and 18 per cent in Fitzroy Falls Dam.

Stage One of the Shoalhaven System was completed by the Water Board in the 1970s but Stage Two (Welcome Reef Dam) was never built, remember the ‘No More Dams Policy’ during the last drought in early to mid 2000 … a desalination plant was built instead.

As this drought continues and now that Goulburn City has also been recently added to the back-up supply by a pipeline, who would get the water, if any available, from the Shoalhaven System, Sydney via Warragamba, Wollongong via Avon, Goulburn via Wingecarribee or Wollondilly Shire via Wingecarribee?

Cranking up the desalination plant will be fine for the eastern suburbs of Sydney only.

The greatest problem with all our utilities, including water, is political interference from continually changing governments and their ministers.

I doubt if any water restrictions will be imposed before the state elections in March next year, or is this being a bit too cynical?

Dennis Ashton, Thirlmere

Cyclists flout law

Re: Ben Langford’s column Give Cyclists space: it’s the law (Advertiser, August 29).

Ben, your comments about motorists being out to kill cyclists are misguided and ridiculous.

 While there are some cyclists who do do the right thing, there are many who disobey red lights, ride across traffic lanes for no reason, refuse to use a bike lanes, wear no helmet, have no lights, regardless of the law!

I was in the Southern Highlands last week where a group of cyclists, about 25 or so, riding two-abreast spread out over 35 metres, were in the middle of a winding, undulating road, with a 100km/h speed limit, with no warning to the fact they were there. Just as well I was only doing about 85-90km/h when I crested a short rise.

   I was well within the speed limit but if I had hit one of these idiots, it would've been my fault.

Can you explain to me how that would be fair?

It took over five kilometres before there was a safe place to overtake, a lot longer than your claimed 20 seconds, and when I sounded my horn to let them know I was overtaking, most of them gave me the bird.

Why should I be subjected to this attitude and behaviour when I was only trying to do the right thing? 

    While there are some really woeful drivers out there, you need to accept that not all cyclists do the right thing either.  

Mark Aylott, Aylott

Test all road users

In response to Ben Langton’s piece about cyclists Give cyclists space: it’s the law (Advertiser, August 29),.

No one is actually trying to mow down cyclists.

Motorists, unlike cyclists, must go through a rigid process to gain a licence before using our roadways.

I suggest that all cyclists should go through the same process to ride - licence tests, road rules test, and be issued with a licence only if they pass all the tests.

Cyclists should have to pay both registration and green slip costs as well as insurance to cover the cost in accidents when at fault. 

Such a system is fair and would ensure motorists and cyclists have equal rights as road users

Incompetent drivers of all vehicles should not be on our roads. 

David Connor, Gilead

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