'Water Minister Dave Kelly has reminded residents in bushfire prone areas to consider their water supply in preparation for a challenging bushfire season.'
So begins the WA Govt’s bushfire advice (Dec 6), from Water Minister Kelly and Emergency Services Minister Dawson. They warn of ‘above normal bushfire risks’ with a dire reminder NOT to rely on scheme water to fight bushfires.
‘During bushfire, scheme water infrastructure...can be damaged and power failures can result in a total loss of water... High demand can lead to a drop in water pressure... That means ensuring your own independent water supply, ideally at least 20,000 litres..’
So where does this leave $atterley’s ‘North $toneville’ PIPE DREAM? HIGH and DRY, that’s where! With ZERO water at ‘North $toneville’, $atterley’s solution is a massive pipeline extension. But water SUPPLIES will be RESTRICTED to the 4000+ residents by 40,000 LITRES LESS than normal suburban homes! As for ‘independently storing 20,000 litres’ – try doing that on a 350sqm block with a metre separation to your neighbour. $atterley’s PIPE DREAM sits surrounded by a proven Extreme Bushfire Zone, within Ember Attack reach of John Forrest National Park and is severely WATER-RESTRICTED. It has no place in Perth’s volatile Hills. As for the Anglican Church landowner - all we can say is... how can you persist with this plan, knowing how DANGEROUS it will be to so many people? That's why we ALL must 'SAY NO AGAIN’ when $atterley’s ‘tweaked’ plan is released for public comment in January.
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