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May 10, 2021

Fight against Tweed water mining ‘on par with CSG’

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By Luis Feliu

Campaigners against controversial water mining in the Tweed Valley have vowed to continue their fight to ban all commercial extraction and bottling operations in the wake of  Tweed Shire Council’s vote last week reinstating a prohibition on the activity.

The Tweed Water Alliance says the decision is an enormous win for Tweed residents and the ‘flood of water mining applications will now drop to a trickle’.

But the group admits the state government has to ratify the move to include the ban in Tweed’s local environment plan, and fears two major proposals being assessed and causing concern, at Dungay and Uki, could be left out of the prohibition.

Council has sought legal advice over liability if the two development applications are included in the ban.

Tweed Water Alliance spokesman Jeremy Tager said they should be rejected, and ‘whatever expenses council incurs in refusing these applications will be far less than the cost of these developments proceeding’.

These costs, Mr Tager said, included road safety, damaged roads, loss of amenity and the potential collapse of groundwater reserves.

‘Residents will realise there is no public benefit,’ he said.

Mr Tager said the issue of water extraction had struck a raw nerve with locals in the way coal-seam gas (CSG) exploration and mining did and many people were opposed to it.

He said the community would stand up in the same way to fight water mining.

The group says there is no evidence looking into the environmental impacts of water mining in the Tweed, no mapping of aquifers or how bores are linked to them, nor catchment studies into local proposals.

There are currently 12 approved water extraction and bottling approvals or applications throughout the Tweed Valley (See previous stories:)

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  1. Great choice Tweed Council! The amount of plastic in the environment is appalling and anything we can do to reduce it is to be encouraged. On top of that the long term effect of mining aquifers is completely unknown, who knows what it will do to our beautiful home? Don’t listen to the BS lines by Big Water, their only interest is printing money at the environment’s expense. If they want to do something about obesity, stop selling soft drinks. The Tweed Caldera is too special to be pillaged for quick bucks by big business.

  2. If articulated water wasnt poisoned by fluoridation then maybe people would not have to purchase
    so many bottles of it.

    As reported recently by the Echo there seems to be a cover up of what is happening in these water plants with break downs, overdose spikes and highly concentrated fluoride spills into the plants.

  3. So watch it just float out to sea. Water licenses exist they may be new but there are ecological measures in place. Nothing wrong with making them pay for roads. Water gives income into the valley.
    WALs are limited and legal. Some extremists think it their right to rule. This country is bought and sold no one owns it. At least the mined water is not being wasted.


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