How beautiful it has been to have steady rain falling. Melbourne experienced thunderstorms, complete with lightning and heavy rain until about 04:00 today. Everything feels refreshed,clean and hopefully the rain fell over the catchment areas because Victoria is experiencing its worst drought for decades. I can appreciate the fact that the Government does not want to implement Level 4 restrictions as the impact that would have on employment and industry would be catastrophic but why are individuals permitted to water their garden, in particular drip systems which seem to run all night and flow out into the storm water drains? Watering should be permitted only if recycled or tank water is used.We are a dry country and gardeners need to adapt to the conditions and use natives and drought tolerant plants.The State Government has been sitting on its hands for too long and rather than look at real long term and viable options years ago, they have decided on some controversial interventions which are causing angst from several quarters.The Water Minister has been made to look foolish by the revelations concerning his obsession with writing styles:http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24638892-661,00.html then authorising the arrest of several farmers who were legitimately protesting about compulsory acquisition and pipelines running through their land http:/ /www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24646227-661,00.html
It seems that anyone who protests about the schemes the Government is implementing faces censure or possible arrest!
For all of that, we do live in a lucky country and we should never take that for granted. 🙂