22.6 C
Byron Shire
February 1, 2023

Vote on water mining in Tweed Shire tonight

Latest News

Calls to extend temporary accommodation for flood insured

The one-year limit on temporary accommodation provided by some insurance companies to people whose homes went under in the flood must be extended.

Other News

‘The greater good’

I write regarding the proposed development at 6–10 Station Street in Bangalow. Having attended the movie ‘The Hidden Life of...

Local MP mute over PM diary secrecy

Local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has declined to comment on why her government are refusing to provide the diary of Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, as a public document. 

Byron Bay SLSC takes fourth place at NSW country championships

South coast club Warillanhas overturned five years of Cudgen Headland dominace to win this year’s NSW Country Surf Lifesaving...

Ballina Shire Council Australia Day Ceremony

Ballina Shire Council is hosting an Australia Day ceremony at Lennox Head Cultural Centre, Park Lane, Lennox Head from 9am–11am.

Ocean Shores swimmers power to strong results at regional swimming competition

A group of seven athletes from the Ocean Shores Aquatics swim team took part in the annual Country Regional...

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.

The campaign to preserve water for residents has been ongoing. Photo supplied.

Tonight the decision on further future water mining in the Tweed Shire will again come before the Tweed Shire Councillors.

Tweed Water Alliance have written to the NSW chief scientist, Professor Durrant-Whyte, over concerns of potential political meddling in the motion to remove future water mining in the Tweed Shire from the Local Environment Plan (LEP) that was before the last Tweed Shire Council meeting on 5 March.

Twenty-five minutes before the 5 March council meeting was set to commence the council received ‘an email from the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist … that raised some concerns with some of the wording in the staff report.’

In an open letter to Professor Durrant-Whyte and Tweed Shire Councillors Tweed Water Alliance said, ‘Our community was shocked and deeply disappointed by your office’s correspondence on Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 5.05pm that seemed to attempt to interfere with and influence the Tweed Shire Council in its vote on the Tweed Shire Council Planning Proposal PP18/0004 to Remove Enabling Clause 7.1 Water Bottling Facilities from the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2014.

‘Deputy Chief Scientist Dr Chris Armstrong submitted a 5-page letter by email minutes before Council was due to vote on the removal of the clause. In this letter, he meticulously commented on details of Council’s Planning Proposal PP18/0004, raised questions, lectured on scientific principles, sought clarifications and expressed his concerns on a number of points.’

 

‘In our view the Deputy Chief Scientist directly sought to influence a decision of a local government body for political reasons and well outside the stated purview of the OSCE.’

An Independent Review of the impacts of the bottled water industry on groundwater resources in the Northern Rivers region had been published on 31 October, 2019. Dr Armstrong and representatives from the NSW chief scientist’s office had met with a diverse range of stakeholders including Council and the Tweed Water Alliance as part of the review.

In the letter Tweed Water Alliance further state that, ‘The report clearly concluded that commercial water extraction facilities in Northern NSW were formerly approved:

  • without taking into account the severe effects of climate change;
  • with a too simplistic view and no understanding of local conditions;
  • based on an extensive lack of data and monitoring measures;
  • neglecting current best practice methods,
  • within a legal framework full of gaps and unclear responsibilities,
  • without scrutinising their impact on environment and the community,

‘We do not accept what we see as an attempt to undermine the Tweed Shire Council’s decision.’

♦ The office of the NSW Chief Scientist was contacted for comment. No response was received before publication.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Have your Perfect Say

Here in the Byron Shire our crisis is so famous it’s made international news. It’s been in the US Rolling Stone even. It’s been in documentaries. It’s been in The Guardian. It’s what we live with here – every day. We live in a community where there is nowhere to live and the whole world is watching what we do next, wondering if we will do what their super star tourist destinations did and regulate the housing market. People in places like Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Miami found out that tough regulations actually aren’t bad for business after all. That’s just property market profiteering propaganda.

The Voice

I’ve been ruminating and researching on how best to support a ‘Yes’ response on the Voice referendum. I always come back to principles… devoid...

Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Cheeky Cabaret returns!

Following the Cheeky season is some incredible live music, including Ella Hooper: Small Town Temple tour, Libby O’Donovan – cabaret singer extraordinaire, Stella Donnelly: Flood Australian tour, Liz Stringer and William Crighton co-headlining in a powerhouse performance, and the house is thrilled to announce the fabulous Tim Rogers & The Twin Set coming in April.