16th January 2019
Mismanagement of Minindee Lakes has caused an environmental and animal welfare disaster. The continual draining of the lakes system has caused immeasurable suffering and damage. The reason given for draining the lakes is that “the lakes evaporate naturally, so why not just take the water and push it down stream”. The problem with this scenario is that the environment around the lakes rely on the evaporation to sustain the flora and fauna. Mark witnessed this first hand in November last (2018), when he travelled to the area to see for himself the hundreds of dead emus around the edge of Cawndilla Lake. As there was still water in the lake but the emus had no body weight, it would appear the emus died of starvation. The lakes also provide sanctuary and safety from the drought for the large fish populations. If we don’t fix this, large areas around the lakes will become a dust bowl. If this was to happen, dust storms over the East coast of Australia could become the norm.
Mark Pearson was recently interviewed on radio station 2GB.