Dam and be damned

Three independent reports, commissioned by the Department of Planning, have undermined Hunter Water’s case for the Tillegra Dam on the Williams River (“Reports talk down dam plan”, Herald 1 October 2010).

These reports confirm the findings from the independent assessment carried out by the Institute for Sustainable Futures and released in August last year.

The State Labor government needs to heed this advice and reject this damaging, expensive and unnecessary dam.

Despite Tillegra Dam not being approved nor a cost-benefit analysis ever being released, Hunter Water has been collecting money from Lower Hunter ratepayers for the proposal  for over 12 months.

There are more than 49,000 low income families in the Lower Hunter. These families, and all Lower Hunter ratepayers, need to be assured that the levy they are already paying for this unapproved dam will be fully reimbursed.

Lower Hunter MPs need to make their decision based on all the evidence and clearly inform the public where they stand. With the State Election looming, Labor MPs who support the Tillegra Dam do so at their peril.

Cr Michael Osborne
Tighes HIll

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