Dam fine: Mayor Kevin Skinner.
Dam fine: Mayor Kevin Skinner.

Rage at Byrrill Creek dam proposal

TWEED conservationists are maintaining their rage against plans for a new dam at Byrrill Creek and Mayor Kevin Skinner's fight against State Government attempts to block it.

They are pushing for reconsideration of dual water reticulation systems – for the proposed new Tweed townships of Kings Forest, south of Kingscliff and Cobaki Lakes, west of the Gold Coast Airport. Similar systems are used near Coomera to provide recycled water.

Greens Party councillor Katie Milne says such a system in the two new towns, each expected to accommodate 5000 homes, would push back the need for a new dam by years.

But she has revealed that under current proposed plans, even the use of water tanks in the two new towns will be less than assumed by some, with the requirement for 5000 litre rainwater tanks – which applies to most new homes – reduced to 2000 litres for homes on smaller lot sizes in the developments.

A website set up by dam opponents late last year, http://byrrillcreek.com has called on supporters to attend the next Tweed Shire Council community access meeting on February 10 and the council meeting on February 15 where the dam issue is again expected to be on the agenda.

They fear councillors may try to sidestep the State Government's water sharing plan, which disallows a new dam on Byrrill Creek by taking “another legislative path”.

Cr Milne said dual reticulation was the second most effective water-saving measure after water tanks.

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