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Tillegra Dam should be cancelled in mini-budget

Reports of soaring water bills demonstrate the folly of building Tillegra Dam, especially at a time when other infrastructure projects are being put on hold, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye

Commenting on the story in the Newcastle Herald (’Water bills set to soar’), Dr Kaye said: “Tillegra Dam is not needed, it will be expensive and it will devastate the local environment. It is time for Water Minister Nathan Rees to admit his government’s mistake and cancel the project.

“With the government casting around for projects to postpone or cancel to cover its budget shortfalls, Tillegra Dam should be placed at the top of the list.

“Premier Rees can cancel desperately needed public transport projects, or a dam nobody wants and nobody needs.

“The completion of the pipeline linking Mardi to Mangrove means that Central Coast water supply is now secure for the foreseeable future.

“Even during the recent drought no water restrictions were needed in the lower Hunter.

“Expert geotechnical advice suggests that the site is unstable and construction costs could rise to $1 billion, despite the government sticking to a $300 million figure.

“If that happens, the reported rise in water bills of $322 over four years will blow out.

“Analysis by The Greens shows that the proposed dam on the Williams River could add another $262 a year to household water bills in the Lower Hunter and Central Coast.

“That’s an 84 per cent increase in Wyong and Gosford Shires.

“Tillegra is shaping up to be the Hunter Valley’s very own version of Sydney’s desalination plant,” Dr Kaye said.

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