George to get run down on dam

RE-ELECTED member for Lismore Thomas George, whose electorate covers most rural parts of the Tweed, can expect a briefing from senior Tweed Shire Council staff on plans for the controversial Byrrill Creek Dam.

The Nationals MP, who promised to support the dam if it is needed for Tweed’s booming population and on Friday said the election for the seat of Lismore would amount to a referendum on the dam proposal, had complained the council had given him little information.

Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner, who is in Torquay, Victoria, attending a three-day Coastal Councils Conference on issues such as coastal erosion and climate change, said yesterday he planned to email Mr George information about the Byrrill Creek Dam proposal later this week.

He also hoped to hold talks about the dam with both Mr George and Tweed MP Geoff Provest, whose electorate covers the booming population areas around Tweed Heads and the Tweed Coast.

“What we want to try to do is get both local members together on a regular basis to discuss various issues,” Cr Skinner said.

Cr Skinner said another significant issue was the RTA’s controversial plan for a truck stop at Chinderah, which he opposes.

“I believe we are going to have an excellent working relationship with the government,” he said.

“It’s onward forward. We have a bright outlook”

One of the leading proponents of the plan, Councillor Warren Polglase, said he hoped detailed information about the dam and a briefing session would be offered to Mr George within weeks.

Cr Polglase said councillors who had pushed for the new dam to secure future water supplies for the growing Tweed population could also now feel “more comfortable” the project would go ahead following the state election.

“We’ve got to put our case forward and substantiate the reasons why we want the dam,” Cr Polglase said.

“We are looking for water security.

“I’m sure in the next few weeks he (Mr George) will receive a lot of information on the dam proposal.

“He will be given a personal briefing session and the reasons why by the staff.”

Cr Polglase highlighted the seats of Tweed and Lismore each received a strong swing towards the Nationals and said that spoke volumes about the party’s policies.

“ I believe we are going to have an excellent working relationship with the government.” - Tweed mayor Kevin Skinner



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