The new alliance, WATER Northern Rivers, will this morning launch its inaugural campaign for smart water options, as opposed to the construction of the proposed Dunoon Dam.
The launch coincides with the start of National Water Week, with its message ‘Let’s re-imagine our water future’.
The alliance is raising awareness that the dam proposal is out of touch with advice from water experts.
A recent report called All Options On The Table from Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) describes dams as high-risk investments because they rely on rainfall in a changing climate.
The WSAA says we need a mix of strategies, including water efficiency. They say that for resilience in drought, it’s better if new supply is independent of rainfall, such as water recycling or desalination.
WATER Northern Rivers say it’s not just the WSAA report that points to the need to get past last century’s outdated ‘big dam’ thinking.
In August the NSW Productivity Commission released a green paper which recommended ‘all options on the table’ including new (non dam) water sources, and that we improve water system efficiency.
All options on the table
Members of WATER Northern Rivers say that with water experts saying we need all options on the table, they are launching their campaign promoting smart water options for our region.
They say the Dunoon Dam is last century’s thinking. Why would we destroy rainforest and Aboriginal Heritage for a destructive dam, when there are so many alternatives? Let’s get cracking on a water system fit for the 21st century.
The launch of the Smart Water Options – No Dunoon Dam campaign will take place today at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre from 10am.
The event will include speakers and a screening of drone footage of The Channon Gorge.