Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Clarence River dam proposal slammed as deceptive
Local opinion continues to firm on the Region 6 Murray Darling Association proposal to request that the Federal Government not only undertake yet another investigation of a Clarence River catchment freshwater diversion, but also give consideration to a larger scheme involving what is perilously close to being a mega-dam.
In The Daily Examiner today it was reported:
ABSOLUTE misinformation, unacceptable, highly misleading, a great lie, half-baked, inordinately expensive and of negligible benefit ... these are a few of the terms environmental groups have been using in response to the latest proposal to divert the Clarence to the west.
The Clarence Valley Environment Centre's John Edwards was particularly scathing in his assessment:
He said if the proponents were seeking 24 per cent of flows, it would equate to a dam of 8,000,000 megalitres.
“The largest dam ever proposed for the Clarence had a capacity of 5,000,000 megalitres,” he said.
“That dam would have seen the inundation of Jackadgery and the Nymboida village, require re-routing of the Gwydir Highway and Armidale roads totalling 60km and the complete closure of the Old Glen Innes Road between Buccarumbi and Dalmorton.
“The claim that no pumps would be required and that water would flow downhill through a 22 kilometre tunnel is the greatest lie of all. The water would need to be pumped more than 800 metres upwards through a minimum 60km tunnel to reach the Beardy River.
“This half-baked plan has most likely been dreamed up by an engineer wanting to build something, who has not the faintest link to reality.”
Monday, 10 August 2009
Valley Watch slams "harebrained scheme" to raid Clarence River water
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Nationals MP for Clarence says the mighty river is not for diversion
The aptly named Clarrie Rivers over at North Coast Voices posted this earlier today:
Nationals MP for Clarence maintains 'total, over-my-dead-body opposition to any diversion of the Clarence River'
Steve Cansdell, State MP for Clarence, has told the Murray-Darling Association and Councils from western New South Wales they are wasting their time with their proposal to raid the Clarence River.
Mr. Cansdell's support for Clarence River communities is appreciated, however this support is somewhat at odds with the political arm of the National Party in New South Wales which fourteen months ago was still clinging to the notion of turning coastal water inland.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Jack Hallam comes out with a fighting "No" to new Clarence water diversion proposal
Jack Hallam, who served on the front bench for the Wran Government, rang ABC Local Radio today after hearing of the latest campaign by the Murray Darling Association.
Mr Hallam says floodwaters play a key role in maintaining one of the coast's most important fisheries.
"Flood is a good thing," Mr Hallam said.
"We are concerned about the damage of floods very often because of extremely bad planning 30 and 40 years ago, but if you don't have these events you don't have the fish spawn," he said.
"The fish, the prawn fishery, other major fisheries are totally dependent on these flood events," Mr Hallam said.
"It (the diversion plan) would be an absolute total disaster," he said.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Liberal MP for Farrer Sussan Ley supports 2009 call to invesitgate NSW Northern Rivers water diversion again
Diverting water a valid option
26/06/2009 12:00:00 AM
— SUSSAN LEY MP, member for Farrer
Monday, 3 August 2009
“They can take it to Her Majesty, but it is not going to go anywhere”: Saffin on new Murray-Darling bid for Clarence River water
In The Daily Examiner front page article today on Region 6 Murray Darling Association's bid to open another investigation into damming and diverting freshwater from the Clarence River system, Labor's Janelle Saffin lays down Rudd Government policy:
Member for Page Janelle Saffin said the councils were wasting their time. She said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had made an 'iron clad' guarantee before the 2007 election that Labor would not allow any diversion of the Clarence River.
She said she could understand the councils' desperation but diverting the Clarence was not a solution. "They should not waste their energy, their money or their time on this," she said. "They can take it to Her Majesty, but it is not going to go anywhere."
Photograph: The Daily Examiner
Investigation into Murray Darling Water Buyback scheme
The Australian Government has requested the Productivity Commission to conduct an investigation into market based alternatives to the purchasing of water entitlements from willing sellers that could be used to restore environmental flows in the Murray Darling.