Namoi Water Study Update
The water study meetings held on Tuesday 31st July were well attended. Approx. 60 people attended the session at Gunnedah with a similar number attending in Quirindi. The presentation by Schlumberger Water Services (SWS) was easy to understand and included various scenarios showing the risks to our water resources with the current mining development and proposed mining developments. SWS identified data gaps in a number of areas within the catchment as well as a lack of water quality data which obviously impacts the results they have presented.
We need to acknowledge the efforts of the Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) led by John Lyle. The commitment these community members made to the study was phenomenal. They attended the many meetings over the life of the study as well as review the presentations and technical reports prepared by SWS. The group worked tirelessly providing feedback and recommendations on this material prior to release to the public ensuring that the data presented was accurate, clear and thorough.
Thank you to John Lyle, Rosemary Nankivell, Sandy Blomfield, Juanita Hamparsum, Peter Watson, Xavier Martin, Hugh Price, Tim Duddy, Cyril Sampson, John Hamparsum, Jim McDonald, Jon Maree Baker and Katrina McDonald.
The final report will be available on the water study website in approx. one week. The final report that is currently on the website is the interim report. The following is a link to the website: http://www.namoicatchmentwaterstudy.com.au/site/index.cfm
The following article by Bronwyn Farr appeared in the Land last week: