Platypus in weir row
By NERIDA BLOK
VICTORIA BOWER is determined to save the home of platypus families.
Supporting her crusade are members of the Casino Weir Action Group, keen to stop Richmond Valley Council from demolishing the old Norco weir in the Richmond River.
Mrs Bower, of Casino, said she knew of at least four platypus families, as well as water birds and reptiles living near the weir.
"An environmental impact study should be done before more discussions on its removal take place," she said.
"It's the town's major visual and recreational asset."
She said the NSW Weir Policy stated that any weir that had acquired visual or recreational value to a community could stay.
Keen to see the weir go, former technical assistant at Grafton Fisheries Research Station, Kevin Clark, said the weir served no purpose and was a major barrier to fish movement.
"The river system here is dying for want of all these fish species travelling back up," he said. "These people are trying to save a little bit of water so they can sit on the bank and look at the river."
Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries senior conservation manager, Marcus Riches, said no decision had been made, but Richmond Valley Council and DPI Fisheries were preparing a review of environmental factors which addressed all issues raised by concerned residents.