Greens furore over change
TWEED conservationists and Greens supporters are furious and confused by the new O'Farrell Government's decision to abolish the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.
Yesterday Andrea Vickers, the Greens' candidate for Tweed in the recent state election, warned the repercussions could mean the scuttling of a government water sharing plan that prohibited the controversial Byrrill Creek dam planned by Tweed Shire Council.
But Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest moved to reassure his constituents the changes would create more “openness and transparency”.
On top of that he said the move which brings most of the former DECCW within the Department of Premier and Cabinet would avoid much of the inter-departmental conflict which previously occurred.
“A lot of issues faced here on the Tweed are about government departments talking to one another,” Mr Provest said.
“In the past we've had the Department of Planning saying one thing and the environment department another.”
Ms Vickers said the decision to split up the department suggested “the environment and climate change are a long way down Mr O'Farrell's list of priorities”.
“I would like to know what will happen to the Office of Water, and to the water sharing plan that prohibited the Byrrill Creek dam,” she added. “The Coalition Government could easily remove that hard-won protection if they want to.”