Nan Nicholson, The Channon
The proposed dam at The Channon/Dunoon is not about future water security. It is about driving unsustainable growth on the coast.
Future water security for the region can easily be achieved without a big new dam. All that is needed is for Rous County Council and its local councils (Lismore, Ballina, Byron, and Richmond River) to institute region-wide water efficiencies and reduction of wastage within their systems.
A new dam at The Channon/Dunoon means:
(a) trashing an irreplaceable Endangered Ecological Community of Lowland Rainforest,
(b) losing threatened fauna habitats and threatened species of flora, and
(c) severing important local wildlife corridors, particularly for koalas.
Considering that less than two per cent of water is actually used for drinking and cooking, surely we can do better than flushing these priceless assets down the toilet?