Water options called for
A COMMUNITY committee selected to look at Tweed’s future water supply might ditch the short-listed options councillors have given them and look at alternatives.
Greens Party councillor Katie Milne says she is confident a number of members of the committee want to look at options other than raising the wall of the Clarrie Hall Dam, constructing a new dam on Byrill Creek or building pipelines to either the Gold Coast or Lismore.
Her comments came in the wake of Monday night’s meeting in Uki where about 100 people voiced concerns about the dam options and called for other alternatives including recycling and water tanks to be investigated.
Cr Milne was the only councillor to attend the meeting which was organised by the Caldera Environment Centre and several members of the new community committee selected to hear the views of people including landowners likely to be affected by the dam options.
“People were very concerned about the impact of the dams and they would like to see all options to harvest water investigated,” Cr Milne said.
“There’s a pretty strong movement in the committee who are very keen to look at all available options.”
Last week Tweed mayor Warren Polglase said groups like the Caldera Environment Centre could “have as many meetings as they like” but the council would listen to the community committee selected to look at the chosen options.
Cr Milne said the council needed to revisit the criteria it had set for the committee and also “start looking at what is happening overseas and all around the world”.
“The more water we take out of the river the less fish we have in it,” she said.
“If you want a healthy river you don’t take the water out of it. The health of the river has always been a big thing for me.”
Cr Milne said many people attending Monday night’s meeting wanted building regulations which currently require new houses have a 3000 litre water tank to insist on larger tanks.
“They should be 20,000 litres to minimise the necessity for dams,” she said.
“Once you’ve done all that, then you figure out whether you need the dam or not,” she said.
“Especially with green field developments we need them to be water self-sufficient.
“They are going to be there for the next 30 years yet we seem to be building them under requirements that are already out of date.