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So it was all one giant attention grabbing scare campaign about drinking piss and draining aquifers.

In her interview with The Echo on 25 November, Cr Cadwallader admitted that it was possible that the CSIRO investigation re Dunoon Dam may not come out in favour of the dam – she just wanted everything on the table. It’s not what she said in her first mayoral bid in The Echo. Unequivocally, she asserted, there could be no water security without the dam.

It’s not what she focussed on in her petition to scare random passersby into signing. One by one the petition demanded that all other proposed sources of mass water storage be removed from the table until, almost insignificant at the very bottom of the list of demands, when it was the only option left on the table, it asked that the dam be put back on the table.

It’s not what she used in her advertising designed to scare residents on the plateau, even though it was clear in the Rous County Council plan that the aquifer to be used was not the same one farmers used now. Shame that Cr Eoin Johnson joined in this. Could she be worried about yet another genuine scientific investigation exposing the scare? Is she now giving herself the beginnings of wriggle room to escape the past?

Dr Lyn Walker, Lennox Head

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  1. Thank you, Dr Walker.
    That scare campaign was unsound and lacked rigour and trustworthiness. A considerable number residents of the Plateau have contacted me to report that they did not know what they were asked to sign, and/or that they were in a hurry and did not want to offend the persons confronting them. They were out and about doing errands and were accosted by a Council member and Mayoral candidate’s team. The survey instrument provided leading questions a, false background information and questionable data gathering techniques and methods. My understanding is that the survey was not approved by any authorised Australian Human Research Ethics Committee.
    I strongly urge all voters to go online and evaluate the integrity of those standing for the forthcoming term of Council. A useful place to obtain a keen view of what happens in Council, and who behaves how is to view some of the most recent Ordinary meeting at https://ballina.nsw.gov.au/agendas-and-minutes. Go to last Thursday’s (25th November) meeting. I urge you to vote for candidates who demonstrate integrity.
    Kind regards,
    Outgoing Councillor, Dr Sharon Parry

  2. You are both right about this suspect survey, if you ask people the right question after supplying the right information you can usually get the right result, because people are genuinely concerned about water security and recycled drinking water has never been easy to sell. I have a sneaking suspicion that this heightened advocation to build a new dam by Sharon Cadwallader and her new assembled team of National/Independents, is less about a dam and more about whipping up an issue to give her a better chance at becoming Mayor and her team to gain control of Ballina Council for the National Party; Sharon Cadwallader has been around politics for a very long time; their high degree of organization and large amount of personnel and resources has been very noticeable at the pre-poll in Ballina.


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