Dam plans face a further hurdle

TWEED Shire Council staff have raised a further issue which could block controversial council plans to push ahead with a new dam at Byrrill Creek, west of Mt Warning.

In a report to be considered by councillors next Tuesday staff have suggested the council write to the NSW Government seeking an assurance that a draft Water Sharing Plan for NSW which would have banned the new dam at Byrrill Creek will be amended to allow the dam before the plan is gazetted.

Staff have revealed they have still not received any confirmation that earlier requests for changes to the plan have been incorporated into the final version which was originally expected to be gazetted in April.

They said the “latest indications from the Office of Water are that gazettal is expected in December”.

They said councillors should suggest the Water Sharing Plan “is not an appropriate instrument to prohibit a water storage on a particular stream”.

In the same report staff have sought the green light to proceed with design works to upgrade the spillway of the existing Clarrie Hall Dam following the decision not to adopt the alternative option of raising that dam's wall. Engineers earlier had reported the spillway would need to be widened to meet new government safety guidelines in the event of a major flood.



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