13.3 C
Byron Shire
May 14, 2021

Bob Carr weighs in on Dunoon Dam debate

Latest News

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Other News

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news late this afternoon (April 20) that a 370kg tuna ...

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality. 

Bob Carr with Lismore MP Janelle Saffin at Terania Creek on the weekend. Photo supplied.

On Saturday the former Premier of NSW and former Australian Foreign Minister took a walk up Terania Creek, near The Channon.

Mr Carr is now Industry Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Futures UTS (Business and Climate Change). He was accompanied on the walk by a small group including Hugh and Nan Nicholson, Annie Kia of WATER Northern Rivers Alliance, and the Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin.

Annie Kia said, ‘Yesterday’s walk to the Circle Pool in Terania was both good and sad. Good to walk with champions like Nan and Hugh Nicholson, who, with others, put their bodies on the line to save this extraordinary rainforest.

‘Good to walk with Bob Carr, who last did this walk last in 1986, having created the National Park as Environment Minister in the Wran government. A political leader who understands ecology. Good to walk with our local Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin, who is so very helpful. And to hear ecologist Rob Kooyman describe the Gondwanan lineages that live on in these forests.

Bob Carr with a burnt-out forest giant. Photo supplied.

‘The sad bit was seeing ancient, majestic giants that burned last year when the unthinkable happened, and fossil-fuelled fire came to the rainforest.’

Bob Carr visits proposed Dunoon Dam site

Yesterday Mr Carr also explored the area threatened by the proposed Dunoon Dam.

On Twitter he said, ‘In the Channon Gorge, crucial part of remaining 1 percent of Big Scrub rainforest. This area set to be demolished for Dunoon Dam is 6 percent of that remaining 1 percent.’

In another tweet Mr Carr said he was, ‘deep in the rainforest of Rocky Creek set to be flooded by Rous Council outside Lismore. Would fit Deputy Premier Barilaro strategy of Net Zero Koalas by 2050.’

On Facebook, the No Dunoon Dam Info group responded by saying, ‘We are very grateful that Bob Carr went into The Channon Gorge today, with Janelle Saffin the Member for Lismore.

‘When Bob heard that Big Scrub Rainforest was threatened, he wanted to come up here to see it. Bob gets the significance of this. When he was Environment Minister in the Wran government, he created the Nightcap National Park in 1983, and soon after walked with Hugh and Nan Nicholson to see the majestic rainforest his government had protected.

‘Yesterday he repeated that walk with Hugh and Nan to the Circle Pool in Terania to see impacts from unprecedented fires due to global warming.

Janelle Saffin with Bob Carr in the Channon Gorge. Photo supplied.

‘Today he came into The Channon Gorge, with Janelle. Warm thanks to both of them for their willingness to see this place first hand, and for their help.’

Time to ReThink Water?

WATER Northern Rivers Alliance is a community organisation representing six community groups.

They recently launched their website, with a statement from representative Simon Clough calling on Rous County Council to rethink water.

‘It’s time for Rous County Council to hit the pause button on its drive to approve construction of the huge Dunoon Dam,’ said Mr Clough.

‘Water security is a critical issue to industry, businesses and households, Australia’s peak water services association explicitly warns that new dams are “high risk investments”. Experts say water security is achieved by having a mix of supply options, including some that don’t need rain, such as purified recycled water, or green-powered desalination.’

Simon Clough. Photo Tree Faerie.

Mr Clough said the proposal for a new $240,000,000 dam on the same creek as the existing dam is going down the wrong track.

‘It will make our community vulnerable, not resilient because of the impacts of climate change. We need to heed what the experts are saying.’

Concerns remain

According to WATER Northern Rivers Alliance, major concerns about the dam have not changed since 1995 and 2014 when the dam was rejected.

Important Aboriginal heritage would be obliterated by flooding and the dam would destroy approximately 60 hectares of lowland rainforest, comprising 6% of the remaining 1% of the Big Scrub, unable to be replaced by environmental ‘offsets’.

Channon Gorge, threatened by proposed Dunoon Dam. Photo David Lowe.

The Alliance has called for Rous County Council to stop the dam and ReThink Water, based on what the Water Services Association of Australia and other experts recommend.

They say there should be public presentations from external experts on innovation in water management and site visits by engineers from Water Sensitive Cities projects such as Warrnambool Roof Water Harvesting.

They have also called for serious investigation of rainfall-independent projects, conducted by experts in these technologies.

‘We are at a crossroads,’ said Mr Clough. ‘We can expect worsening droughts as our climate heats up. We need to create a resilient water system, rather than adding to drought vulnerability with last century’s dam.

‘We are a very creative region. If we have the vision and commitment, we can create a water system fit for the 21st century’, he said.

Mr Clough urged people curious to learn more about alternatives to the Dunoon Dam to find how things got to this point, and why we need to ReThink Water.


More stories about the Dunoon Dam

Dam doesn’t give a damn about koalas

The proposed Dunoon Dam is still a possibility, though it has been voted against twice by the members of Rous County Council. Now information has emerged which presents another reason to shut down the threat of the dam once and for all.

0

Rous Chair Keith Williams looks ahead

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project 2060 on public exhibition. They are currently seeking feedback from people living in the four constituent councils of Richmond Valley,...

4

Rous Chair talks underground water

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project 2060 on public exhibition. They are currently seeking feedback from people living in the four constituent councils of Richmond Valley, Byron, Ballina and Lismore.

4

Water Q&A with Austin Curtin from Our Future Northern Rivers

Since Rous County Council voted to abandon the Dunoon Dam as a potential solution to the future water needs of the Northern Rivers, a new group has emerged called Our Future Northern Rivers.

16

Call for deeper look at underground water

Ballina's Cr Eoin Johnston is calling for council to invite senior technical representatives of Rous County Council to provide a briefing to Ballina's councillors on the ramifications of using the Alstonville Aquifer as a major source of water supply to the region for the next forty years.

5

Rous moves ahead without Dunoon Dam

Yesterday's extraordinary meeting of Rous County Council included two more attempts to get the Dunoon Dam back on the table, both of which were defeated, 5 votes to 3.

6

Rescission motion fails, but Dunoon Dam not dead

Yesterday's meeting of the Rous County Council saw the rescission motion go down 5:3 after another passionate debate, but Cr Sharon Cadwallader said she remained determined to keep the Dunoon Dam as an option for the future water supply of the Northern Rivers.

6


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.

6 COMMENTS

  1. How ridiculous and unbelievable that sadly only 1% remains intact of the big scrub and yet, some people think we can off set this …HOW? The Channon Gorge is a magnificent area and many people put their bodies on the line to stop the logging of this rare & irreplaceable rainforest. Thank God (dess) Neville Wran was in power in the 80’s and created Nightcap NPark. Bob Carr was the best environment minister ( along with Bob Debus )this state has ever had. How tragic we have this useless & dangerous lot in parliament , what a sad contrast. Bob is right about Koalas being net zero by 2050, Thanks to Gladys & her team of ignorant eco vandals. What is sooooo damn hard to understand about the fact that this planet doesn’t need us but we sure NEED it??? By the way ‘media alert’ Koalas need trees & connectivity in order to survive, 2050 is a long way off .Koalas can’t wait that long.

    • The traditional owners cared for this beautiful country for thousands of years and western civilization has managed to destroy it in a few hundred. The anger, frustration and sadness from this ignorance, greed and stupidity is overwhelming. I can’t imagine how the ancestors of the Widjabal people and the Bundjalung nation must feel.

    • Bob Carr…. really echo?

      Bob instigated Public/Private Partnerships, like building motorways that are usually free but not once a PPP is involved, they add a toll. He was also in charge when Macquarie Bank bought Sydney airport. Bob could only wait 2 months after quitting politics to go and “work” for Macquarie bank. Guess who owns the speed camera vans in NSW? Hint – it’s not the NSW Govt but it is a bank!

      Labor and Libs are that close on major policies that seriously affect the livelihood of the masses and animals it’s laughable, as is the thinking that one set of politicians is better than the other.

      Nothing will change while vested interests fund political parties who in turn make policy in favour of the donors.

      Perhaps a fairdinkum party that only takes donations from the people, then they can do favours for the people!

  2. This dam makes NO sense whatsoever!!
    Use your brains Rous Water… think PLEASE…
    no big scrub left, no koalas left, no beautiful old trees… just more & more carnage!
    There are now so many alternatives available to use to supply us with water…
    Are we living in the 1800s?

  3. Creating Simon Clough’s water system fit for the 21st century could well be less expensive, but a number of influential people may have dibs on that quarter of a billion dollars so it might be a bit of a fight.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.