For those of you who don't venture to the west of the State of Victoria, it is quite rocky and much of the bluestone seen around Melbourne comes from the west. There are many lakes, both large and small. One I am familiar with is Deep Lake on the Hamilton Highway near Mount Elephant.
I have only been there once. It was well set up for recreation such as camping, fishing, boating and water skiing. Did I once hear that is maximum depth is eighteen metres? Maybe my visit was a decade or so ago.
A friend sent me clipping from one of his local newspapers. The clipping is a real estate ad for a house on the edge of Deep Lake. Very nice stone house and it sold for only $460,000. My friend said it might have sold for $50,000 more if there was water in the lake. But the lake is dry and has been for a few years now. Nearby Shallow Lake was closed to allow more water into Deep Lake, to no avail.
Ok, we have had a very extended period of below average rainfall. But we have had some of late. I can understand why the lake would be low, but empty? I would guess that many of the lakes in the area are very low or empty. Why is this? Can't be just that rainfall is low. We have had droughts before and no one in living memory can recall Deep Lake not having water.
Might it be to do with bores being drilled left, right and centre? Might it be that the Western District Squatocracy are using the water on their land with gay abandon? Might it be that they have extracted so much water with bores, the water table has lowered? Might it be that some water run offs to the lake have been diverted for private purposes?
Might it be illegal activity or just a continuance of a Kennett policy or even one of Bracks? As would be expected, it is a very safe conservative seat, so I can't understand why our Labor government would not act.
I should write to the state member for Polwarth and the federal member for Wannon. See what they have to say.
The good news is though, unrelated, thank god someone has come up with the idea of a tunnel to help alleviate traffic congestion in Hoddle Street and not god awfully ugly flyovers.
You know kiddies though, I kinda of learnt at a very young age, that if you take something away from underneath something, whatever is on top falls down. I think even Little Jo has developed this understanding already when she demolishes our tower of wooden blocks.
Can we keep tunnelling, well maybe because of the way tunnels are constructed, but can we keep taking out oil, gas, coal, minerals, water at the rate we are? Won't the house of cards fall down one day? (Said in a deep voice with the echo button pressed) Journey to the Centre of the Earth.