No dam at all attitude adopted

OPPONENTS to any new dams on the Tweed, including the controversial proposal for a dam at Byrrill Creek, plan a public meeting at Uki this Saturday.

“Sustainable communities” advocate Michael McNamara said the meeting in the Uki Hall from 2.30pm would provide information about Tweed Shire Council's controversial move to push ahead with the dam and an opportunity for discussion.

But he added: “The question is more than no Byrrill Creek Dam. It's no dam at all”.

“One of my concerns is the council is pitting one section of the community against another – putting Byrrill Creek against Doon Doon (which would by affected by raising the height of the existing Clarrie Hall Dam).”

Mr McNamara said he expected the meeting to look at why the council was pushing ahead with a dam option at this stage when it appeared the Tweed would have enough water until at least 2038.

It would also consider why the council was not looking at water saving measures and water harvesting in planned developments such as the proposed townships of Kings Forest and Cobaki Lakes.

“If you ask the question - ‘What's behind it?' - something that might jump into people's minds is the historical reality in the Tweed where we have had a council sacked for being too close to developers,” he said.

Cr Dot Holdom, who opposed the decision to push ahead with the Byrrill Creek Dam, said yesterday various aspects, including a development application and environmental studies, would have to be brought back to the council.

“It's a long way to go,” Cr Holdom said. “We will see what tomorrow brings.

“I'm prepared to go through the processes as I have to.”



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