Dam, here we go again
TWEED Shire Council's rethink of its approval to dam Byrrill Creek has, once again, split the community.
Cattle farmer Ron Duckworth wants to know why the council was reconsidering a decision it made a year ago.
Mr Duckworth owns a property at Doon Doon that will be affected if the council decides to go with an alternative option and raise the wall of the existing Clarrie Hall Dam.
Yesterday Mr Duckworth went to the council for answers.
"I want to know if this comes up every 12 months when a new mayor is appointed," Mr Duckworth said. "There are 27 properties that are going to be affected up here. They talk about protecting the fruit bowl and they put it under water.
"I'm not going to be around when the dam finally gets built, but I am thinking about the future of farming in the area."
A rescission motion to be put to Tuesday's council meeting moves to reverse the decision to build the Byrrill Creek dam.
A second motion at that meeting will move to adopt the preferred option of the original motion on October 19, 2010, on increasing the capacity of the Clarrie Hall Dam by raising the wall.
Save Byrrill Creek spokeswoman Andrea Vickers said many people expected the decision to build the Byrrill Creek dam would be overturned when Cr Longland was elected mayor last month.
"I think a lot of people will be relieved if council abandons the plan, especially as the councillors who pushed that option received between them just 21% of votes at the 2008 election," Ms Vickers said.
Ms Vickers said abandoning a dam at Byrrill Creek would be a win for the unique ecology of the area.