We can keep our ‘dam phobia’
THE rest of Australia might have to get over it, but the Northern Rivers can keep its "dam phobia", according to Page Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan.
Discussing a draft discussion paper that proposes the construction of 100 new dams across Australia, Opposition leader Tony Abbott declared Australians would have to get over their "dam phobia".
The report moots several projects for Northern NSW, but Mr Hogan said there were no new plans for dams on the Northern Rivers (aside from the long-planned Dunoon Dam) and no revival of Malcolm Turnbull's unpopular proposal to pipe water from the Clarence or Richmond rivers.
"The proposals put to the task group in both submissions and through consultations were for discussion only. All sorts of ideas get thrown up in this kind of process and many will be thrown back.
"I can categorically rule out proposals on moving water in northern NSW inland for agriculture in the Murray-Darling or to south east Queensland for urban water needs.
"I have contacted Warren Truss and not only do we have no plans to divert water from Northern NSW, I have been given a guarantee that this will not happen under a Coalition Government.
"We do not support that approach, we much prefer to use water where it falls.
"The Coalition will not build any major dams in northern NSW."