The state’s water authorities will be asked to consider an urgent application by Coffs Harbour City Council to enable Woolgoolga Dam to be accessed for irrigation and agricultural use.
At last night’s extraordinary meeting, Councillors voted 5-2 in support of a motion to change the dam’s water licence to allow for 45 percent of the supply to be sold to drought-affected farmers.
The Mayor Denise Knight and Councillor Sally Townley voted against the motion. Councillor John Arkan was absent.
Cr Townley proposed to amend the motion to include conditions about how the water would be disbursed as well as parameters for its use and availability, but it was voted against 4-3.
Outside the chamber, residents held placards in a show of anger over the decision (pictured above). Some argued that the water should be allocated to re-fill dams at Glenreagh and Nana Glen that were used to fight recent bushfires.
From The ABC Coffs Coast Facebook page – Monday 13 January 2020.
Editors note; 7.20 a.m. Tuesday 14 January 2020 – This decision comes at the same time that Council has sent notices to residents in the Orara Vallley that they have commenced trucking domestic water from the Karangi Dam because the Orara River’s levels have dropped significantly. The notice is below.