Hugh Nicholson, The Channon
I was at the Lismore Car Boot market today (16/5/21) where I saw the pro-dam stall. It appears that this group are rejecting all of the alternative options Rous County Council is proposing to the Dunoon Dam.
If, as this group suggests, Rous proceeds with the Dunoon Dam, it will be several years before coming online.
There would be at least two years of studies; followed by the potential of court cases because of destruction of significant pre-European Aboriginal sites and destruction of an endangered ecological rainforest community; then, more years of construction of the dam.
This could bleed out to a decade before a new dam supplies a drop of water into the Rous pipes.
What the pro-dammers are ignoring – or do not understand – is that dam or no dam, some of these alternatives will HAVE to be put in place to overcome a shortfall in supply. According to the Rous document Future Water Project 2060, demand for water will outstrip supply by 2024 – just three years away.
Now is the time to think ahead, invest in diverse alternatives, and look to our future. It is not the time to revert to old head-in-the-sand thinking with all our eggs in one expensive basket.