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Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property where he plans to establish a bore-water extraction facility for bulk transport to a giant soft-drinks bottler. (file pic)
Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property where he plans to establish a bore-water extraction facility for bulk transport to a giant soft-drinks bottler. (file pic)

A  former state agriculture minister has re-submitted a plan to extract 24 megalitres of water a year from a licensed bore on his Uki property and sell it to a global soft-drinks giant’s bottling plant.

Jack Hallam, who was agriculture minister under the Wran Labor government in the 1980s, retired to his ten-acre property a few kilometres from Uki over a decade ago.

In October his consultant lodged a plan to use the existing 25-megalitere a year licence from the NSW Office of Water on the property for ‘bulk loading and delivery of extracted water’.

The plan involves taking a maximum of 24 megalitres of water from the existing bore by large semi-trailer tankers (2.5-metre wide, 28,500-litre capacity) to the commercial bottler and distributor, believed to be linked to the Coca Cola company.

The proposal is for up to three loads a day (six trips), six days a week from 7am to 6pm.

The development application was withdrawn from Tweed Shire Council on 1 December 2017 after neighbours met on 29 November to organise their opposition to the plan.

According to Tweed Shire Council’s DA tracker, the proposal was re-lodged on 21 December, just days before Christmas.

Neighbours have previously expressed concerns regarding the potential impacts on the area’s underground water supply and the impact of heavy truck movements on the rural road.

 

 

 


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3 COMMENTS

  1. How about a publicly owned, council, water extraction and bottling facility?
    Water is everyone’s, how about the Uki water cooperative, that extracts and bottles its own water, profits go towards local schools hospitals etc?

  2. “Neighbours have previously expressed concerns regarding the potential impacts on the area’s underground water supply and the impact of heavy truck movements on the rural road.”
    Wondering if the neighbours might also object to the proposal’s implications for community health given the water is destined for a tooth-destroying , diabetes and obesity agent of a sugar-laden product of a global corporate giant . And does this ex-pollie need the money he stands to make from selling the water ? Isn’t he on a more than generous lifetime pension ?

  3. I do not believe he has the best interest of his community at hand in any way. He has a very generous life time pension to live off.
    Why destroy a community’s life force “water” & sell out to a multi cooperation that does not care who’s life’s they destroy, it’s all about the money to them not the people.

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