Recent coverage in The Times (July 31, August 3 and 7) refers to the fact that the Mid Coast region "remains drought affected according to the NSW DPI combined drought indicator". About 14 per cent of the State is free from drought.
So, whilst MidCoast Council's efforts to add to our water supply are commendable they cannot guarantee "security" or "drought proofing us" as Mayor West claims.
Its 'alternative measures' such as the Nabiac bore field and possible costly desalination are not the only way forward. The long term claims about a new dam at Peg Leg Creek, remain just that, claims.
Real investigation of our existing supply reuse and recycling is an essential feature of an effective "adaptive response strategy" as council's director, infrastructure and engineering service, Rob Scott has described it.
No strategies will 'drought proof' us, but these may help to reduce some of the impact of a scarce and unpredictable resource on our community's existence.