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Leaked report shows Byrrill Creek Dam on Coalition agenda

Julie McNamara (sign) and Faye Hill (right front) with other protestors at Council Chambers at Murwillumbah fought the Tweed Council over the Byrrill Creek Dam proposal.
Julie McNamara (sign) and Faye Hill (right front) with other protestors at Council Chambers at Murwillumbah fought the Tweed Council over the Byrrill Creek Dam proposal. Blainey Woodham

BYRRILL Creek Dam is back on the agenda and this time it is at a federal level.

A draft discussion paper leaked to a Sydney newspaper revealed that Byrrill Creek Dam was one on a list of 100 sites where dam projects were possible.

The federal Coalition taskforce Dams and Water Management Task Group prepared the paper.

Tweed Shire Councillor Warren Polglase has been a long time supporter of a dam at Byrrill Creek and welcomed the paper.

"It's good to see federal opposition put forward something that many people want to see," Cr Polglase said.

"Water storage is not just about water for homes but it's about water for irrigation.

"They are big dollar items that we couldn't build without the help of the state and federal governments."

Nature Conservation Council of NSW CEO Pepe Clarke said the draft plan was 'costly ($30 billion), ill-conceived and environmentally irresponsible'.

"New South Wales' rivers, wetlands and freshwater fish populations have been severely degraded by the construction of dams and over-extraction of water," Mr Clarke said

"For our towns and cities, water efficiency, demand management and recycling are less costly and environmentally harmful than new dams."

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