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Without this division and controversy within the Council, the broader community would never have stirred itself to become informed of the complexity of water-supply issues in the Northern Rivers.

Through the past 18 months of discussion and debate, residents in Byron, Ballina, Richmond River and Lismore Council areas have become acutely aware of the need for Rous County Council (RCC) to investigate a safe and secure water supply.

It is such a relief to realise, through this process, that RCC councillors have seriously engaged with the issue and voted to provide water to the community from multiple, scalable sources instead of running with the simplistic, single source of a second dam on a small creek.

Thank you Sharon for ‘stirring the pot’; and thank you RCC for alerting the community and bringing us with you on the current water supply options. Get on with it!

Hugh Nicholson, The Channon

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  1. “Single dam on a small creek” Hugh??

    Come back here and tell us the total flow down that “small creek” in 2020 and in 2021 to date.

    It is the (measurable and measured) facts that are important, not propaganda

    • Well Shane an important fact for you, is that the inadequate and highly variable flow down that small creek has created this issue of investigating more reliable sustainable future water sources. And that is based on the measured and measurable flow, so apart from the unacceptable environmental impacts a second dam just doesn’t meet the standard – as has already been demonstrated by several published studies and RCC investigation. That’s not propaganda, it’s fact. Now judge the dam proponents arguments to the same standard.

  2. Seems to me the dam proponents only have one option rather than a multifaceted approach. Living on the alstonville plateau I wonder if the anti bore water proponents are protecting their current over exploitation of the aquifer considering few bores are metered. They also seem to ignore the fact there is no pipeline from the plateau to ballina and no plans for one.


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