Labor anti-dam fight a priority
ANDREW Moy, the Labor candidate for the seat of Lismore in the March 26 state election, yesterday officially launched his Murwillumbah district campaign, tying it directly to stopping the planned Byrrill Creek dam.
Mr Moy, a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger who is taking leave to campaign in the relatively safe National Party seat, held the launch in Mebbin National Park.
The site in the foothills of Mt Warning is close to the proposed dam which Tweed Shire Council wants to build to “secure water” for Tweed’s growing population.
The issue has also been pushed to the front of the local Greens Party campaign, but sitting National Party MP Thomas George so far has only said the Coalition does not yet have a policy on the dam.
Mr Moy called for an immediate ban on the dam.
“The proposal for a dam on Byrrill Creek goes against all the water security advice of the state and local authorities,” he said.
“A dam on Byrrill Creek defies environmental and economic sense.
“A dam on the creek will cripple access to national parks, heritage-listed sites and highly desirable tourist destinations.
“But most importantly it will signal the death knell for environmental sustainability and diversity. That’s what tourists come to see.”
Mr Moy said loss of biodiversity would reduce an estimated $1.3 billion it brought to the local economy.
“For the Murwillumbah area the issue of the proposed Byrrill Creek Dam is hugely important and I call on the current member to publicly oppose it,” he said.
- Stopping the Byrrill Creek Dam planned west of Mt Warning.
- Maintaining the area’s biodiversity which he says is worth $1.3billion annually to the local economy.
- Addressing health, police and public transport problems.