action alert: MORATORIUM ON BYRRILL CREEK DAM MAY BE RESCINDED !!!
COUNCIL MEETING THURS DEC 10TH
Cr Barry Longland, Byrne & Polglase have proposed a rescision of the 20 year Moratorium on Byrrill Creek at the Council Meeting Thursday 10th Dec
Cr Caroline Byrne has also proposed to approve preliminary plans to move forward on both Byrrill Creek Dam & the raising of Clarrie Hall Dam
SEE ATTACHED Jpeg of Agenda Item 31 also below
Your help with Letters to the Editor, & emails to Cr Barry Longland asap would be really appreciated And a good Attendance at the Council Meeting from 4pm on is really important
Councillor Barry Longland: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweed Valley Weekly: editor@the weekly.net.au
Council Meeting Thursday 10 December 2015
Agenda Item 31 Page 212
Byrrill Creek Dam Site
Councillor C Byrne, B Longland and W Polglase hereby give notice that at the next Ordinary meeting of Council we will move that the resolution from the meeting held on 15th May 2012 at Minute No 314 Item No 49 title Cr D Holdom] Byrrill Creek Dam SiteMoratorium being:“that Council places a moratorium on any dam proposal at Byrrill Creek for a period ofthe next twenty (20) years, effective from 15 May 2012.” be rescinded.
By removing the Council moratorium on building a dam at Byrrill Creek this gives the opportunity for the State Government to intervene and take the decision to build a dam at Byrrill Creek out of Tweed Councils hands entirely.
The Byrrill Creek area is too high in conservation & ecological values to consider a dam there.
Despite our reservations,(due to Cr Longland’s support of the recission motion) it is time to accept that the pre approval plans for raising of Clarrie Hall Dam needs to be supported now ( as the lesser of the 2 evils). Clarrie Hall has been shown as the top priority of the Staff council Report of the 19th November, as the most cost effective way to proceed forward.
We also request that, at the same time, the Councils Demand Management Strategy & Water Options be examined by an independent body, specifically the Institute for Sustainable Futures, to explore sustainable solutions to Tweeds Water Augmentation.
To move forward on approvals for both dams is a pointless and very costly waste of ratepayers money. By 2026 the shire needs approx 4,000ML extra water. The proposed large Byrrill Creek Dam is 36,000ML & the raised Clarrie Hall Dam is 22,700ML.- Put together this is an oversupply of 54,000ML!
For some environmental facts on the Byrrill Creek area visit: