Meeting to discuss proposed dam

TWEED shire councillors are being called back to an extraordinary meeting on Monday week to reconsider their decision to push ahead with a new dam at Byrrill Creek.

The special meeting thwarts an attempt by councillors opposed to the dam to delay any final decision for another month through a rescission motion.

Mayor Kevin Skinner yesterday confirmed he had been formally asked to hold an extraordinary meeting which he had to call within 14 days.

Because Cr Holdom, who was one of three to lodge the rescission motion, would be away until October 31, the first it could be held was November 1.

“This will give everyone a chance to have their say. I don’t think it’s right she be excluded,” said Cr Skinner.

While councillors continue to argue over whether to build a new dam at Byrrill Creek or raise the wall of the existing Clarrie Hall Dam, it has been revealed the Byrrill Creek option involves either a small dam covering 235 hectares or a large dam covering 398 hectares.

The number of residents affected – 30 for a small dam and 35 for the larger option – would be about half the 60 residents affected by alternative proposals to raise the wall of the existing Clarrie Hall Dam.

Cr Polglase said he favoured the option for the larger dam at Byrrill Creek.

“We will be going for the big one,” he said.

“The secret if you are going to build dams, is how quickly you can replenish the dam.

“Byrrill Creek has the least number of people affected but the most challenges. Clarrie Hall has the most affected but the least challenges.

“With Byrrill Creek the compensation we would be paying is a lot less.”

Cr Dot Holdom released information showing the Clarrie Hall Dam option would flood the least land and affect the most threatened species.

Doon Doon residents affected by raising the wall of the Clarrie Hall Dam have stepped up their opposition.

“If they raise the Clarrie Hall Dam, two-thirds of the area around it is covered by old growth forest ,” said farmer Ron Duckworth.

“That would have to be cleared. Byrrill Creek was selected back in 1907 into 22 farm lots for dairies. It’s gone back into regrowth.”



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