A rally at Tweed Council chambers on Monday heard more than 99 per cent of Uki residents want water mining banned in the Shire. But while mayor Katie Milne agrees, she is not optimistic existing licences will be able to be wound back.
Where oh where is the water going? Greens call to stop water mining in the northern rivers as the pressure builds over excessive water extraction from the local water table.
Local Nationals and Labor north coast candidates for the March 2019 election are all calling for a full independent inquiry into water extraction on the northern rivers to be carried out before any new proposal is considered.
A rally at Uki on Saturday succeeded in stopping in their tracks two tankers that organisers say were illegally carting water on the weekend. Organiser Scott Sledge said the issue is rapidly becoming 'the new CSG in the Tweed'.
Tweed Council's Labor councillor tipped the balance ensuring that a water mining operation at Rowlands Creek got the go-ahead at yesterdays council meeting.
Gwyn Hooper, Uki. The recent implosion of the Liberal Party has all but guaranteed a change of government at the next election. This has resulted in the seat of Richmond to be less critical in the removal of the ‘muppet... Read More →
Jeremy Tager, Uki. Councillor Byrnes claims that Council role in Jack Hallam’s DA is ‘essentially the approval of truck movements on our local roads.’ This is totally incorrect. We provided legal advice to the Council in 2017 that Council has... Read More →
A majority of Tweed Shire councillors voted last week to allow a former Labor MP to operate a water mining operation, which would see a maximum extraction volume of 24 megalitres per year.
Tweed Shire Council is undertaking legal proceedings and compliance actions against three companies involved in water mining in the shire, claiming all three are breaching council conditions.
The Tweed Water Alliance has called for one of the Shire’s water extraction permits to be cancelled after what the group alleges are multiple ongoing breaches, including the use of massive b-double tankers on narrow country roads.
A call for the halt of water mining in the Tweed Valley has been made by NSW Greens MP and North Coast spokesperson, Dawn Walker in state parliament this week and is supported by the Tweed Water Alliance.
The NSW Land and Environment Court is set to decide this month whether to allow a water-extraction company at Bilambil to use 19-metre B-double trucks seven days a week to transport the water to a bottling factory in Queensland.
Campaigners against controversial water mining in the Tweed Valley have vowed to continue their fight to ban all commercial extraction and bottling operations in the wake of Tweed Shire Council's vote last week reinstating a prohibition on the activity.
Groundwater located within Byron Shire is among 42 additional sources identified across NSW that will be opened up for new extraction licences. Job creation and economic growth appear to be the driver, yet the DPI fails to mention any environmental safeguards, oversight or potential impacts.
A controversial bid a major water-extraction and bottling business at Urliup Road, Bilambil to expand its operation by trebling the size of its delivery trucks has stalled for two months as Tweed councillors split on how to deal with it.
The Tweed Water Alliance has called on the Tweed Shire Council to stop the proposed expansion of water mining at a property on Urliup Road in Bilambil at its Council meeting tonight.
The expansion of controversial water mining in the Tweed looks set to draw further flak, with an extraction and bottling business at rural Bilambil pushing to treble the size of delivery trucks currently used from six metres to 19 metres long.
A group opposing the sale of spring water from a Uki bore to a multi-national beverage company claims the existing bore is within 500 metres of an old contaminated cattle dip site. The same group says agent orange ingredients also used to be stored in a shed nearby.
The group Tweed Water Alliance has made the startling claim that a shed adjacent to former Wran government minister Jack Hallam’s proposed spring-water site at Uki once stored the active ingredients of the now-banned defoliant Agent Orange.
Andrew Bennett, Murwillumbah. Dear Councilor Allsop, We were so impressed after your inaugural speech to the people of the Tweed stating your commitment to the environment and eco-tourism. It is very difficult to understand how quickly you have changed when... Read More →