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Time is running out to email a submission to Rous County Council on their water strategy stating your preferences for future water options in our area.

Rous Water voted against a mega Dunoon Dam at their December 2020 meeting and again rejected a rescission motion to put the dam back on the agenda earlier this year.

An asset such as a mega dam will not be an asset in a drought. It will be a white elephant and an expensive one. Rous is proposing to address water security around the existing Rocky Creek Dam, plus a range of other water resource options.

The IWCM lists these options: One of these is purified recycled water. The jargon of ‘toilet to tap’ or ‘poo water’ is a blatant and sensational scare tactic being put forward by a group of disingenuous people lobbying for a dam. For many people, they are already drinking recycled water and the technology for future purification plants is becoming more sophisticated all the time.

It would be a deeply problematic situation for Rous if they revisited the previously proposed Dunoon Dam as a water source option. The destruction of Aboriginal heritage, rare rainforest on sandstone, koala habitat, endangered platypus and a range of flora species would be a backward step in water priorities and decision making for Rous.

Submissions close May 28. Please support the range of water source options that Rous is continuing to explore and build on, which don’t include a mega dam.

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