Tweed Greens candidate Andrea Vickers says arguments by Lismore MP Thomas George for a new dam at Byrrill Creek don’t add up.
Tweed Greens candidate Andrea Vickers says arguments by Lismore MP Thomas George for a new dam at Byrrill Creek don’t add up. John Gass

Vickers fires on dam

GREENS Party candidate for the seat of Tweed Andrea Vickers has fired a post-election shot at the winning Nationals MP for the adjoining seat of Lismore, Thomas

George, saying none of his arguments add up for supporting a dam at Byrrill Creek.

At the same time a Nationals fan has attacked Greens’ claims that people living close to the proposed dam voted “overwhelmingly” against the dam, arguing the polling booth closest to the dam site saw a record 80 votes for Thomas George compared to 79 for the Greens.

Ms Vickers, who won a record 15.3% of the vote for the Greens in the seat of Tweed, campaigned against the dam, which it is claimed would help supply water for the electorate’s booming population.

She hit out at comments by Mr George that his election win validated his stance.

“Thomas George’s claim the election outcome is a referendum on the Byrrill dam doesn’t make any more sense than the other statements he has made about the issue,” she said.

“First he said he didn’t know enough about it to comment, and did not seek that information, even though it’s been a big issue for a year in part of his electorate.

“He said he would support whatever the planning experts said was necessary, but he’s taking a position that opposes that advice.”

Doon Doon farmer Ron Duckworth, whose property would be affected by an alternative plan to raise the wall of the Clarrie Hall Dam, took issue with claims by Lismore Greens candidate Susan Stock that voters at Kunghur and nearby Uki were “overwhelmingly” against the Byrrill Creek Dam.

Mr Duckworth said he scrutineered at the Kunghur booth, the closest to the dam site.

“Thomas George got 80 votes. Susan Stock got 79,” he said. “When you broke down the preferences seven of those Greens votes went to Thomas George and 36 went to Labor. Labor got only 28 primary votes.

“I thought it was a good indication. There’s 25 farmers at Doon Doon who would be affected by the (raising of the wall of the) Clarrie Hall Dam.”



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