Boyd doubts water security

Max Boyd at home in Bethongabel. Photo: John Gass / Daily New
Max Boyd at home in Bethongabel. Photo: John Gass / Daily New John Gass

A FORMER Tweed mayor has said that councillors had "not acted" the way they should to secure the Tweed's water supply in the future.

Max Boyd said after more than 40 years involved in the council he could not help but follow the issues and he was not happy with what had happened.

Earlier this month the council voted for a 20-year moratorium on the Byrrill Creek Dam issue. 

An amendment to put rising the Clarrie Hall Dam wall back in the agenda was also defeated.

This left the Tweed without a strategy to increase water supply levels.

"They (councillors) are not acting in the way council should do," Mr Boyd said.

"They are elected to make the hard decisions, not the easy ones.

"Building a dam is a long and tedious exercise."

He said the council's officers and a committee set up to secure Tweed's water supply in to the future had "done their homework well and truly".

"I'm mystified… having done so much work with a committee who worked long and hard together with the staff," he said.

Mr Boyd said it was through the foresight of a few people that helped to proceed with the Clarrie Hall Dam in the 70s and early 80s.

He said it was the threat of Murwillumbah almost running out of water in the 70s that lead to the NSW Department of Public Works to identify Doon Doon Creek (Clarrie Hall Dam) and Byrrill Creek as potential sites for dams.

"The raising of the Clarrie Hall Dam is the only reasonable and sensible way to go," he said.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland agreed with Mr Boyd that the council needed to make the tough decisions on water.

"We paid a whole lot of money for these studies to be done," Cr Longland said.

"We have people in the Tweed who just want Byrrill Creek Dam, then we have the Greens who don't want the dam at all."

Mr Longland said the various opinions of councillors had stalled any move to secure water supplies.

Greens Councillor Katie Milne was unavailable for comment on Cr Longland's claims.

In a previous statement about the Byrrill Creek Dam, Cr Milne said other councillors misinterpreted her motives.

"I said quite clearly that I would support the Clarrie Hall dam if it came down to it, but that council reports, so far, have not yet convinced me that either dam is necessary," Cr Milne said in a statement.

"I also pointed out that council is actually in process of commissioning an independent review so surely we should wait for that.   

"My concern is that there was no analysis in the council reports on whether it's possible to avoid dam building, or if we could achieve this with the major new developments." 

Topics:  water security

Sinus problems call for persistence

Shaking off the lingering effects of a cold requires persistence.

Did you catch a cold in winter? Sinus problems call for persistence

Men of league hit the greens for community

Barry Hancock and Kev Embrey of the Fraser Coast at a recent Men of League Bowls Day.

Tweed to gather on Coolangatta greens.

Local Partners

Family's new arrival in face of tragedy

MEL Small had already gone into labour when she learned of the tragic fate of her sister Jodie Spears.

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Declan Kelly and the Rising Sun to shine bright at festival

Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun is one of the headlining acts at this year's festival.

Main stage set to pump with radiant reggae and dub vibes

Expert's talk on Olley's life is not to be missed

THE ARTIST: Artist Margaret Olley at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery in 2006.

RARE insight into the life of one of most cherished hoarders

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Rick Price to play the basement

BACK: Rick Price plays The Arts Centre Gold Coast on November 3.

Returning to the Gold Coast

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge