Nature Conservation Council of NSW is calling on the Keneally Government to dump the Tillegra Dam proposal in the Hunter Valley.
A socio-economic report released through Parliament has severely criticized the options analysis used by Hunter Water Corporation to justify constructing a dam the size of Sydney Harbour on the Williams River above Dungog.
‘There is no water crisis in the Hunter,’ said NCC Chief Executive Officer, Pepe Clarke. ‘The NSW Government does not need to rush ahead to approve this expensive and environmentally damaging project.
’Environment groups in NSW have been critical of the planning and consultation process
used by Hunter Water Corporation to justify a new large dam.
The Centre for International Economics report commissioned by the NSW Department of Planning has confirmed the criticisms.
‘Hunter Water Corporation needs to go back to the drawing board and consider a portfolio. They need to adopt a more modern framework of options.’
‘The Sydney community is living comfortably with water efficiency measures such as no fixed sprinklers, trigger nozzles on hoses and no hosing of hard surfaces.’
‘Hunter water users have no such rules in place.’ NCC maintains that Tillegra Dam is not needed for water security in the Hunter and should not be approved.