‘WATER-DIVINER’ AWARDED $16,500 GOVERNMENT CONTRACT

 

NSW Wastewatch can reveal that the Baird-Grant Government has paid $16,500 to a "water-diviner" from Wagga Wagga who uses bronze rods and pre-decimal currency in an attempt to find water.

 

NSW Wastewatch can reveal that the Baird-Grant Government has paid $16,500 to a "water-diviner" from Wagga Wagga who uses bronze rods and pre-decimal currency in an attempt to find water.

Erroll Barton, the 78-year-old Wagga local, claims to have learnt the skill as a child. He believes that he will find enough water to fill Lake Albert.

Mr Barton describes his method as using a "shilling under my thumb on one rod and a halfpenny under a thumb of the other one". He claims that he can find "good water" if the "rod with the silver coin turns".

Numerous scientific studies over the past century have debunked the ability to find water using this method. Instead, water is usually found with detailed geologic surveys that rely on months of research.

During Question Time before the Legislative Council, the Hon Niall Blair MP, Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water confirmed that the Department of Premier and Cabinet paid $16, 500 to Mr Barton to find water in the Wagga Wagga area but not why scientifically unproven methods were being given large sums of money.

The Minister admitted he was not up to speed with the details, which only shows his lack of grasp on his portfolio and wasting taxpayers’ money on hocus-pocus solutions.

It is unclear whether the contract went to tender.

Once again, the Baird-Grant Government has wasted tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Niall Blair should apologise for supporting such ridiculous methods

 

Quotes attributable to NSW Wastewatch Committee Chair, Dr Hugh McDermott MP:

"$16,500 could fund a primary school support teacher that could help hundreds of children rather than ‘magic’

"Dick Smith once offered a prize to anyone who could do this. Looks like the Baird-Grant Government will pay the reward instead, without evidence

"This is what happens when you vote National. Labor has a science-based policy that does not involve local water divining

 

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