20.4 C
Byron Shire
November 29, 2021

Rescission motion on table for Dunoon Dam

Latest News

Storms and rain for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Northern Rivers

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting widespread thunderstorms and rain for the Northern Rivers.

Other News

Nesting boxes help keep wildlife safe

While many locals are being driven out of their homes by increasing rents and a shrinking housing supply, the dwindling forests of the region have created the need to increase Wildbnb – that is, nest boxes for the struggling wildlife.

Byron candidates 2021 Q&A part 2

Buckle in, seats upright, and loosen the belt!  It’s time to see what candidates have to say – in full...

Biodiversity, not dogs

Alison Drover’s comment is a welcome reminder of what Byron Shire, at our core, is representing – biodiversity. How do...

What’s Nu in COVID variants? Highlighted need for stronger Australian contribution

According to the End COVID For All campaign the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in Botswana, most likely to be called 'Nu', underlines the need for Australia to step up its contribution to co-oridnated global efforts to prevent the virus’ spread and mutation.

84 people in 7-day COVID lockdown in Byron Bay

A new case of COVID-19 in Byron Bay has led to the lockdown of 84 people for seven days.

COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African variant

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 November, but, they are urging residents in the Lismore area to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

Rous County Council virtual mockup of former Dunoon Dam proposal.

Three pro-dam councillors have announced a rescission motion to be discussed at the next Rous County Council meeting, seeking to overturn the recent decision to abandon the Dunoon Dam.

Crs Sharon Cadwallader, Robert Mustow and Sandra Humphrys have lodged the motion, which relates to the disposal of council-owned land in the dam area.

If the land is sold, it would be difficult if not impossible for the dam option to be re-opened again in future.

View from Lismore

Lismore’s Rous Cr Darlene Cook told Echonetdaily, ‘The rescission motion in part reads: a) Provide a report on the orderly exit from Dunoon Dam as an option in the Future Water Project. b) Commence work on the exit strategy once the long-term viability of Scenario 1 Groundwater has been confirmed…’

She said, ‘We already know that the groundwater strategy will only supply our needs for around 8-9 years; this timeframe gave Rous the window it needed to get the dam assessed and constructed.

Rous County Councillors
Rous County Council and staff (L-R) Cr Simon Richardson, Cr Vanessa Ekins, Phillip Rudd (General Manager), Cr Sandra Humphrys, Cr Keith Williams (Chair), Michael McKenzie (Future Water Project Manager), Cr Sharon Cadwallader (D/Chair), Cr Darlene Cook, Cr Robert Mustow.

‘It is not a long term viable option without other supply sources coming online.

‘If we delay the exit strategy and hold on to the lands at Dunoon – we leave our community, the environment and the Elders with a sword of Damocles hanging over their heads,’ said Cr Cook.

‘Does anyone really believe that the results of any ecological or cultural heritage assessments in the future would give a different answer than we have heard recently?’

Lismore Cr Vanessa Ekins said she had not yet seen any formal wording for the motion, or received any ‘official communication from Rous on this matter,’ so as far as she’s concerned, ‘the decision on Dunoon Dam stands.’

For the rescission motion to succeed, it would require the support of Chair Keith Williams, and/or the support of two other councillors.

Chair Williams told Echonetdaily this morning, ‘The rescission was lodged within days of the meeting. The focus of the motion is mostly on what to do with the site.

‘I think that decisions about the site are going to require a long process involving many parties, but particularly the traditional custodians of the area. Having already made a clear decision I won’t be supporting the motion,’ he said.

Byron Crs Basil Cameron and Simon Richardson have not yet commented on the rescission motion.


More stories about the Dunoon Dam

Water security needed and that means we need to think beyond...

As two professional engineers, each with over 40 years of experience in the water industry, we support Rous County Council’s decision to start tapping into underground water resources to meet the growing water supply needs of our region.

2

Former Nationals member echoes calls for Dunoon Dam in Ballina mayoral...

Support for the idea of new dam in Byron’s hinterland has again emerged as part of a Ballina mayoral campaign.

7

No means no, say traditional owners

As Water Week draws to a close, with a theme of 'Caring for Water and Country', a group of Widjabul Wia-bal elders have emphatically said they do not want the Dunoon Dam proposal to be put back on the table by pro-dam councillors.

5

Cultural heritage report goes public

A redacted copy of the 2013 Ainsworth Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment document has been made publicly available on the Rous County Council website, clarifying the extensive Widjabul-Wiabul connections with the land which would have been inundated by the Dunoon Dam.

3

Rous County Council Crs Cadwallader and Williams at loggerheads over Dunoon...

The Council elections are coming in December and the issue of water security has become a key issue for Ballina Shire Councillors as Mayoral candidates Cr Sharon Cadwallader and Cr Keith Williams. Both Ballina councillors are representatives on the Rous...

4

Ballina mayor hopeful loses bid for independent water science team a...

Cr Cadwallader's second version of the motion came with an extra suggestion referring directly to the dumped option of a new hinterland dam in Dunoon.

10

Cadwallader determined to win support for new water science team as...

Cr Cadwallader has taken advantage of a local government rule allowing councillors to reintroduce a failed motion without having to wait three months if they have the signed support of at least two other councillors.

10


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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Great to see Cr Williams will not be supporting this rescission motion. If Rous is truly interested in water security the first thing they should do is ask for a report on the status of the pumping station at Howard’s Grass – the so-called “Lismore Source’. This project cost some $45 million, & was promising a source of water during dry times. Apparently it is broken, but the very expensive pipeline to Rocky Creek is still there, & the repairs to the pumping station are probably only minor.
    In the longer-term, Rous could become a leader in responsible water management, by encouraging decentralised collection of water, water re-use, & supplying reticulated water during dry times.

  2. Well said Richard,

    So many options need further investigation and proper costings, particularly with the massive drop in electricity costs. I can’t see an expensive new dam receiving Government funding in the Northern Rivers. Much better ways to spend $650 million dollars than to destroy that precious area.

    Cr Cadwallader is just mounting a scare campaign because she thinks it will help in her quest to become the next Mayor of Ballina. Saying things like ‘parents are struggling to pay school fees and can’t afford expensive water charges’, and even going so far as to compare pumping highly treated water back into the water catchment areas of existing water storage areas with drinking toilet water. Shame on your Cr Cadwallader to encourage division and fear in our community for your own perceived political gain.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Byron candidates 2021 Q&A part 2

Buckle in, seats upright, and loosen the belt!  It’s time to see what candidates have to say – in full – about our collective issues...

COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African variant

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 November, but, they are urging residents in the Lismore area to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

Last chance for tickets to Byron Shire Council Meet the Candidates forum

Today is your last chance to get tickets to tonight’s Byron Shire Meet the Candidates forum in the Byron Theatre.

Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.