Local green says no new dams
A LEADING local environmentalist has slammed a decision to push ahead with raising the wall of the Clarrie Hall Dam and to build another dam to meet Tweed’s future water needs.
“Dams are ancient engineering,” says Jim Warburton who wants councillors to review the decision they made last month.
“By the time they eventually get this done, we should have tanks and all the other things,” he said.
“And at some stage they have got to say massive residential development is not economical.
“Maybe there should be a moratorium on development."
Mr Warburton said when conservationists and property owners in and around Tyalgum fought against a proposed dam on the Oxley River at Rocky Cutting west of Murwillumbah in the lead-up to the 2007 federal election it became clear “the community doesn’t want any new dams”.
He said it was even more ridiculous that the council was “looking at two pipe options”– one to connect the Tweed into the south-east Queensland water grid and another to link with Rous Water which supplies, Byron, Ballina and Lismore.
“They haven’t got enough water themselves,” Mr Warburton said.
The council has put raising the Clarrie Hall dam wall at the top of its list of preferred options for future water supply, followed by a new dam at Byrrill Creek west of Mt Warning and also tapping into the supplies of south-east Queensland and Rous Water.