Dam in politician's lap

Greens Party candidates for Tweed, Andrea Vickers, and for Lismore, Susan Stock, with Upper House MP Dr John Kaye yesterday met with opponents of the planned Byrrill Creek Dam including Joanne Gardner (left).
Greens Party candidates for Tweed, Andrea Vickers, and for Lismore, Susan Stock, with Upper House MP Dr John Kaye yesterday met with opponents of the planned Byrrill Creek Dam including Joanne Gardner (left). John Gass

THE fate of the proposed Byrrill Creek dam now lies in the hands of the National and Liberal parties who look likely to win government in the March 26 state election, sitting NSW Upper House MP for the Greens Dr John Kaye said.

Dr Kaye yesterday flew into Coolangatta airport and headed straight for Byrrill Creek to join his party’s candidates Andrea Vickers (Tweed) and Susan Stock (Lismore) in meeting with members of the Save Byrrill Creek group.

While the dam area falls in the Lismore electorate, Ms Vickers has been leading opposition arguing that development planned in the Tweed electorate requires Tweed Shire Council to adopt water-saving measures.

Dr Kaye issued a challenge to the sitting National Party MP for Lismore Thomas George, who has so far refused to say whether he supports or opposes Tweed Shire Council’s plans for the dam, to publicly state his position.

“Thomas George, who has been suspiciously quiet on the issue, is likely to be the local member in a Coalition government that will be under pressure to approve the Byrrill Creek Dam,” said Dr Kaye.

“Mr George and the Nationals must declare publicly to the voters of the North Coast exactly what their intentions are in relation to this unnecessary and damaging dam.

“In December 2010 the Water Minister Phil Costa released the new Tweed Water Sharing Plan which upheld the prohibition of a dam at Byrrill Creek.

"Concerned residents have well-founded fears that a future Coalition government will overthrow that decision after March 26.”

Dr Kaye said the NSW Greens were calling on the Coalition to look at improving water efficiency, water tanks and recycling.

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