News

Candidates consider dam future

Phil Youngblutt
Phil Youngblutt

SECURING the Tweed's water supply is one issue councillors will face if elected next Saturday.

The decision of whether to raise the Clarrie Hall Dam or construct another dam at Byrrill Creek has reached an impasse in Tweed Shire Council in the past 12 months and it has also split candidates vying for the next four-year term.

Fernvale candidate Phil Youngblutt wants the new dam built to increase the catchment area and reduce the flood risk to the valley.

"I think Byrrill Creek should be given priority," Cr Youngblutt said. It would reduce some of the flooding levels in the Tweed Valley, he said.

Candidate Jayne Henry said flood mitigation was an issue that needed to be considered.

"No-one is talking about the economic impacts of flooding in our region. Will another dam help reduce future flooding?," Ms Henry said.

John Zahn, Kaye Sharples second candidate, said the financial impact was paramount.

"We are all for just stopping capital works at the moment until we see how the financial situation is going to be worldwide," Mr Zahn said.

Uki candidate Eddie Roberts said there needed to be more work done on "demand management" before a decision could be made.

"We need to work to reduce our water usage," he said.

Dot Holdom said financially the raising of Clarrie Hall Dam made sense.

"Big new dam equals big new rates," Cr Holdom said.

"Anyone talking about keeping rates low and advocating for a big new dam in the same breath is having us all on."

Carolyn Byrne said a decision was necessary or it would be taken out of the council's hands "by state or federal authorities".

Labor candidate Michael Armstrong and Mayor Barry Longland were both opposed to the construction of the dam.

"Tweed Labor is committed to ensuring our water security and supports a water management strategy which could include raising the dam wall at the existing Clarrie Hall dam," Mr Armstrong said.

"The case for the raising of the wall of the Clarrie Hall Dam to secure the Tweed's water supply for the next 20 years is well proven," Cr Longland said.

Cr Katie Milne said she had made an effort to get a rethink on water.

"Developers are getting a free ride as all of the other current councillors over this last four-year term have blocked my attempts for modern water management in our new major developments...," she said.

Candidate Bruce Campbell said the decision lay with the State Government.

Gary Bagnall said he was waiting to see the papers on the dam issue. Warren Polglase was unavailable for comment.

Topics:  byrrill creek dam, candidates, clarrie hall dam, dam, election, tweed shire council, water



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Upmarket beach townhouse

Real Estate: 4/45 Kingscliff Street, Kingscliff NSW.

Take a look inside this stylish Kingscliff townhouse conversion

Neil Diamond tribute show to draw Kingy crowd

PARTY TIME: The Neil Diamond Super Hits Show will play at Kingscliff Bowls Club on Saturday night.

Neil Diamond spectacular to be hosted at Kingscliff Bowls Club.

Police investigate suspicious Tweed River death

Police are investigating the suspicious death of Michelle Lord after the car she was in crashed into the Tweed River east of Tumbulgum in October 2015.

Police are investigating the death of a woman in the Tweed River

Latest deals and offers


British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Broncos prepare for Sharks

Defensive training session at the Broncos

Tough defensive session in preparation for Sharks game.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances