Councillors' dam quagmire

SAVE Byrrill Creek campaigners have warned Tweed Shire councillors they have “come up against a brick wall” with their dam plan because state legislation would have to be changed for it to go ahead.

Save Byrrill Creek spokeswoman Joanna Gardner has told the councillors the NSW government's water sharing plan, released in December and which prohibits construction, is legally binding for 10 years.

“It would take an act of parliament through both lower and upper houses to change the water sharing plan,” she said.

“I suggest ... you should cut your losses now and use this golden opportunity to look at other water options for the Tweed.”

Ms Gardner said there were options available “above and beyond” building or enlarging dams or building a pipeline to Queensland.

These included “pro-active water saving measures in all new developments”, water tanks and dual reticulation in new developments using recycled water.

She said that would cover the amount of water identified as being needed by the council's water demand management strategy or “at the very least, slide the time scale back to when it is really needed”.

“Throughout NSW and Australia other councils have implemented these technologies,” she said.

“The Save Byrrill Creek group calls on Tweed Shire Council to immediately cancel its $3.6 million pre-approval plan for the Byrrill Creek Dam. There are other choices.”

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