At a Save Byrrill Creek meeting yesterday, Joanna Gardner spoke to Tweed Greens candidate Andrea Vickers and Dr John Kaye.
At a Save Byrrill Creek meeting yesterday, Joanna Gardner spoke to Tweed Greens candidate Andrea Vickers and Dr John Kaye. John Gass

Greens challenge MP over dam

THE fate of the proposed Byrrill Creek dam now rests in the hands of the National and Liberal parties, who look likely to win government at the March 26 State election, sitting NSW Upper House MP for the Greens Party Dr John Kaye said.

Dr Kaye yesterday flew into Coolangatta airport and headed straight for Byrrill Creek to join his party's candidates for Tweed, Andrea Vickers, and for Lismore, Susan Stock, in meeting with members of the Save Byrrill Creek group.

While the dam area falls in the Lismore electorate, Ms Vickers has been leading opposition arguing development planned in the Tweed electorate requires Tweed Shire Council to adopt water-saving measures.

Dr Kaye issued a challenge to the sitting Lismore Nationals MP Thomas George, who has so far failed to publicly state his position for or against Tweed Shire Council's plans for the dam.

“Thomas George, who has been suspiciously quiet on the issue, is likely to be the local member in a Coalition government that will be under pressure to approve the Byrrill Creek dam,” Dr Kaye said.

“Mr George and the Nationals must declare publicly to the voters of the North Coast exactly what their intentions are in relation to this unnecessary and damaging dam.

“In December 2010, Water Minister Phil Costa released the new Tweed Water Sharing Plan which upheld the prohibition of a dam at Byrrill Creek. Concerned residents have well-founded fears afuture Coalition government will overthrow that decision after March 26.”

Dr Kaye said the Greens were calling on the Coalition to look at improving water efficiency, water tanks and recycling.



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