Tuesday, June 12, 2007

More water than we need. But...

Hundreds of billions of litres of water all over the area and all but the tiny percentage that happened by chance to fall in the catchment areas will simply end up in the ocean.

We really do need to call our politicians to account for their appalling mismanagement and incompetence.

Central Coast dams 90% empty, yes 90%, and the water that we do receive is deliberately thrown away.

It's not that we don't actually collect a lot of it. All the rain that hits the roads, the roofs, the built-up areas has to be collected by guttering, down-pipes, drains. We get that bit right.

Then having collected it, what do we do? We put it all together and funnel it out to sea.

Meanwhile the fools blather on endlessly about new dams, about desalination.

COME ON!! We know the problem, we know how to fix it. Use the water we collect instead of sending it out to sea.

Sunday, June 10, 2007


I find it hard to believe my eyes.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald report:

"Outspoken Muslim leader Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly has stood down as Australia's Mufti.

The controversial Islamic cleric was reappointed mufti at a meeting of Muslim leaders in Melbourne today, but declined to accept the position.

Sheik al Hilaly was a surprising and controversial first choice for the Muslim leaders, who have come under intense pressure over the past year to sack the Mufti.

In a statement issued today, the council said Sheik al Hilaly had "gracefully declined'' to accept another term.

They wanted to re-appoint the man who has done as much as anyone to damage relations between Muslims and non-Muslims!

I'm almost speechless.

I hope immediate past president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Rehin Ghauri, is correct when he said:

"Most Australian Muslims would applaud his departure. The ordinary Muslims don't like to see him as mufti.''

It wouldn't be the first time that religious leaders have shown that they're out of touch with their followers. I really do hope there's some follow-up with a survey of 'ordinary Muslims' so that their feelings can be aired.

The Sydney Morning Herald report is here.