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It was something like a ribbon cutting ceremony today as Councillor Keith Carton lit the controlled fire on the outskirts of town. The first move towards the town’s very own climate change action plan.
The fires were lit to make way for the towns newest addition, The Betoota Desalination Plant. A project that was promised by Carton in the lead up to yesterday’s election.
Community members and representatives of the local news outlets were present today as the Mayor gave his first public appearance since his son got arrested in July.
“This is a big move for us. Betoota looks to be the first non-coastal town in Australia who have thrown their hands up to build and host a desalination plant,”
Carton’s climate change action plan was first brought forward to the town in his early campaign efforts prior to being elected.
He has since stood down from his position as a freelance roo-shooter to focus on the next steps towards building a “safer, more prepared Betoota”.
The Betoota Desalination Plant will process both salt and fresh water from a series of ancient flood plains within the Queensland Channel Country’s river system. Namely, the Georgina River, Cooper Creek and the Diamantina River.
“It’s time we started to act on all of this. Remember, Betoota is below sea level, so if those greenies are right about rising water… We could end up underwater in a decade or so,”
“We’ll need to be good at this stuff by then. There will be plenty of water to desalinate and we’ll need to be able to desalinate faster than it flows in,”
“In the meanwhile, we aren’t going to waste any water either. Sufficient rainfall in the catchment areas means our rivers flow straight into Lake Eyre. We may as well capture the fresh water as well,”
“South Australia has enough of it anyway and its not fair that they get all of the water simply because they are below us and all the water flows to the bottom of the country,”