ABC.net.au: The Prime Minister has warned communities not to become complacent after recent good rain on the
Mr Howard had earlier announced a joint partnership with Bega Valley Shire Council to build a $20 million pipeline from the Bega aquifer to the Yellow Pinch Dam in the shire's south. He labelled water as the nation's biggest challenge. "It is very important as a nation that we don't take our eye off the ball of water security simply because we had a bit of rain in recent weeks," he said.
"There is a great tendency when sometimes you have a problem and everybody is preoccupied with it and then there is some immediate relief and our attention goes off that and goes onto something else. But water security is a long-term challenge."
The Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, says Bega Valley Shire can no longer rely on supplies from the