First week stupidly long Australian Federal election campaign

Couple of thoughts – well worth taking five minutes to tick through the ABC Vote Compass – at one point there is an opportunity to choose your numero uno Senate choice (and H.Reps too) – the list is quite full and includes ALA – which is a rare mention of ALA in the mainstream meedja.
My other thought after the first week was; if our GreenLeft compliant Prime Minister Turnbull really deep down was not unhappy to throw the election to Labor – would it look like this?

What is it with the series of burst water mains in Adelaide?


Digger falls into hole left by burst Adelaide water main on arterial road at Prospect 20 May 2016 – The Pulse NewsCorp Blog
This year I have noticed these headlines just keep on – can anybody find a timeline of all these water main bursts?
I am just amazed that a water utility can “unlearn” basic engineering good practice established over more than 150 years.
Today – 8 May 2016 – 19 Mar 2016

Media gem from 2009 – West Australian Govt backed Perth geothermal projects to generate electricity from steam

Geothermal mine to power University of WA – note the quote “…be used in the design of a desalination plant, which would utilize geothermal energy to create fresh water.” I wonder where we find this raging success 7 years later? Green Rock Energy GRK is mentioned in the above article – they were reconstituted as Black Rock Mining Limited asx code BKT and here is the full share price history. Green Rock Energy fell on tough times and changed into Black Rock Mining Limited about a year ago – April 2015 and at that time the new company moved into graphite exploration. Note the map of Hot Rock tenements still held by Black Rock Mining Limited. Some around Wellington Dam.

Port Augusta coal fired power station shuts today

An example of Govt delusion IMHO – ABC reports – Port Augusta’s coal-fired power station closes in South Australia – They should be OK until peak loads on Adelaide hot summer days – then they will be stretching their resources if wind is light in the late afternoons. Checkout Nemwatch. Amazing that a modern first world State puts its entire economy at the whim of the wind. I have a few articles on this issue. For Peter Bobroff’s site AusGrid

74th Anniversary – Battle of the Coral Sea 1942

A time worth reading about and remembering – Tasmania commemorates WWII battle that ‘saved Australia’ from Japanese forces – The Japanese would certainly have taken Port Moresby if the US Navy had not sent vital and scarce fleet units ~8,000km across the Pacific away from their own Western seaboard, only a few short months after the Pearl Harbor disaster. Battle of the Coral Sea, 4-8 May 1942 – Australia must never forget – over 600 US sailors were killed.

Australian Govt wastes $Millions to make swamps a bit wetter

Check this out – Commonwealth environmental water – scroll down to the last chart – they are proud of buying and wasting 1000GigaLitres of water each year.
This water should be going into more efficient irrigation in the most productive parts of the Murray Darling Basin.
Earlier generations taxed themselves to construct nation building dams, Dartmouth, Eildon, Hume, Snowy – and we piss the water away into swamps and in the hope of keeping the Murray mouth open – it is truly disgusting. Election coming up – make sure you always put Greens last. Write to MP’s and let them know what you want to see done.

BoM rain data for Wellington Dam catchment – a valuable large dam that should be more utilized

Here is a map of all rain stations in the Wellington Dam catchment – marked by the green line. You can make your own map at CDO
Once you have the map scaled to where you want – if you left click on the station dots, a link to the daily data pops up.
Wellington Dam was built by the Commonwealth in 1933 and enlarged in 1956 – it has the largest catchment in the South West and the second largest in Western Australia at ~2,500 square kms (after Ord River Dam) – and is fed by the Collie River. Combined Perth water supply catchments are ~3,500 squ kms.

The rain data I obtained from the above map is summed up here.

Wellington Dam has salinity problems due to over clearing and the water is little utilized by anybody now – Harvey irrigators have at times used some of the water and I have asked for the time series of that usage and it has not been emailed to me. Over a decade ago the Agritech consortium developed a proposal to desalinate the saline (~3,000ppm solids) wastewater from the dam and supply this to the Perth water supply. Various Govt water Depts and quangos have fought this proposal tooth and nail for years with the tenacity of a starving rottweiler defending a leg of beef. Alternative Govt proposals have been floated over a decade to utilize Wellington Dam water but nothing has come to fruition that I am aware of. Wellington Dam has overflowed in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 – which should be embarrassing for the dog-in-the-manger WA Govt as much of this potentially useful water goes to waste. The Ancient Romans were better water managers than the WA Govt.

Primarily exposing faulty methodologies behind global temperature trend compilations