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Message In a Freshwater Bottle

Tuesday, 05 May 2009



The proposed Wonthaggi desalination plant could destroy a pristine Victorian coastline home to some of the best beach breaks in the world. Not only will the plant cause the loss of those A frames, it will also endanger wildlife, and cause greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 365,000 extra cars on the road each year.

As everyone knows, Victoria is in drought, but desalination is not the answer. It’s a short term solution, but the massive amount of energy used to make salt water drinkable, and the size and location of the plant make it a no-brainer: There are better alternatives.

The Wonthaggi desalination plant (approved by Victorian State Government) will:
- Spoil a wild and magnificent heritage-listed coastline with a five-storey factory the size of the MCG.
- Discharge 8,800 litres of effluent per second into the ocean, comprising concentrated brine, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals.
- Suck in and kill 380,000 small organisms per second; the base of the food chain, with obvious flow on effects to fisheries, the adjacent marine national park, penguin reserve, and RAMSAT wetland.
- Produce an estimated 1.18 - 1.57 million tonnes of carbon emission every year, which is incongruous with recent federal government commitments to reducing emissions by 60% by 2050.

If you oppose the Victorian Desalination Plant, disagree with Victorian State Governments current water policies and want the Victorian State Government to provide the best quality solutions to prevent climate change, then have a democratic say on a new direction in water policy. Add your name to the petition to the Governor of Victoria opposing the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant, get behind Tom Carroll, Glyndon Ringrose and Crowded House’s Nick Seymour, and fight for your right.






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