Reader Patricia Durman is concerned that Cataract Dam will run dry within 12 months leaving leaving local residents without access to mains water.
Reader Patricia Durman is concerned that Cataract Dam will run dry within 12 months leaving leaving local residents without access to mains water.

Water disaster looms

I have calculated that the Cataract Dam will cease to deliver water to our region within approximately 11 to 12 months at the present rate without future development if we do not receive heavy and sustained rain.

According to NSW Water, each home requires 900 litres of water a day and in the case of Wollondilly and Campbelltown, there will be at least 58,400 new homes built within the next 20 years.

I do not know the number of homes to be built in Camden or which areas are serviced by Cataract and Cordeaux Dams.

I do not know whether each council is taking the supply of water into consideration when allowing for subdivision to go ahead, but what I do know is that unless all three councils take a collective report on whether the building of so many homes is sustainable in regard to water supply our region is heading for disaster, with homes without water and businesses having to close.

All council areas also use the same transport system, the same hospital and in some cases, the same schools as children from both Camden and Wollondilly regions use some of the schools within the Campbelltown council region and I hope that all three councils will take an approach that takes this into consideration.

I would also appreciate a collective statement from all three councils to the effect that they can ensure that water will continue to run through our taps and that a press release or advertisement is issued to local newspapers to this effect.

Patricia Durman, Wedderburn

Church vision supported

I would like to respond to some of the (mostly negative) letters regarding St Johns.

Firstly, I have been a regular parishioner at St Johns, Camden for 10 years and have never written to any media outlet before.

I find the negativity and opposition by the media and some community members against St Johns' right to sell some of the land to be alarming. Some of the letters I read in here last week were not only biased but also hypocritical.

I wonder if Fletcher Joss and John Bunyan know why St Johns is looking to build a new building in the first place. Have they attended packed services here and sat next to crying babies during the service?

The problem with the St Johns building, beautiful though it is, is that there is no quiet room where parents can take their youngsters whilst still listening to the sermon.

A church is made up of members of the community, a church is NOT a building.

The land that St Johns is looking to sell is only used as a car park. Are these people worried about losing their car spaces or is there some other agenda going on?

John Bunyan last week wrote that he had "no interest in a heaven or hell" and then in the next sentence quoted a random Bible verse to make a point. If that's not hypocritical, I don't know what is...and he's supposed to be a Chaplain.

St Johns has every right to expand and has a vision for the future. The original builders of St Johns were visionaries too who built a church that was said to be too big for the local community.

Well, if this new church is built and our wonderful Reverend Tony Galea keeps up his stirring and passionate preaching, it won't be long until the new church will be filled up too.

Joshua Stashko, Ellis Lane

Abortion a woman's choice

I am glad to see the Uniting Church coming out in favour of the Bill to decriminalise abortion.

The role of the church role should be to offer care and support leading up to and following a decision that a WOMAN might make and not to stand in judgement.

I am reminded of the words of St Augustine who said "Any interpretation (of the Bible) that does not promote love can only be a misinterpretation , however learned it may be".

John Russell, Gilead