Local Branch - NSW - Northern Rivers

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  • Martin O'Connell
    commented 2021-01-27 01:41:26 +1100
    G’day again.

    My fingers failed me in my last attempt to post a comment – spent a bit of timing writing a “thesis” and lost it all – woops!

    Basically I was suggesting that vastly better catchment management of the Richmond, Brunswick, and Tweed Rivers could return them closer to potable water resources if we reallocated the funds for the dam and other sources to helping landholders to revegetate and rehabilitate the banks of these rivers, their feeders and parts of their catchments.

    And Thom, yes, protecting the proposed dam site would be a great move.

    A concerted, strategic and ongoing effort to revegetate the banks and parts of the catchments of these rivers, as a community wide effort, would reap great and sustainable water resources and also other environmental, social and economic rewards.

    I suggest that developers of coastal housing estates should also use part of the lands they reap profit from to harvest rainwater from the hard surfaces they create and store them onsite to service their guests instead of sending it off into the sea whilst expecting potable water be made available from other, distant lands, to service their goals. Remember it is their “build it and they will come” philosophy that helps create the projected growth and the ongoing calls for the dam.

    It is also important to realise that major dams tend to end up as large retaining walls with massive amounts of alluvial backfill upstream and not much water.

    I will be making my contribution to catchment management by continuing the strategic revegetation and rehabilitation of the land I am custodian of and remain very interested in the bigger picture of total catchment management.

    Regards and keep working with and not against Planet A.
  • Martin O'Connell
    commented 2021-01-26 15:39:35 +1100

    I would like to offer some positive suggestions regarding sustainability in relation to new development, Dunoon Dam proposal water:

    The Richmond River

  • Thom Kotis
    commented 2021-01-25 22:40:54 +1100
    Hey Martin,

    The job is certainly not done. While the removal of the dam from from the future water strategy was a win, the local lobbyists in the area are now fighting to have the land owned by Rous Water at the formerly proposed dam site protected for its cultural and natural heritage significance.

    I will be supporting these efforts and very interested in the outcome.
  • Martin O'Connell
    commented 2021-01-25 07:08:05 +1100
    Hi Northern Riverans

    The outcome regarding DUNOON DAM was initially wonderful but I now see Trumpism is alive and well here – the vested interests do not accept the position of the people and seek to overturn the outcome.

    I for one do not want to see the outcome overturned.

    I do not want to see even more cars being washed on the concrete driveway and the precious water then just running into the sea – lost – I note the stormwater pipe from new Aureus (read as Fools Gold) development at Ballennox that runs into Sharpes Beach.

    I remember Council telling us that Ballina and Lennox will remain separate. Ha ha, coastal strip development seems to rule.

    All of the “projected growth” is driven by greedy developers, agents and rate hungry Councilors.

    What about the incumbents? The remaining remnants of the natural world. The existing geography. The existing rate payers? The QUALITY OF LIFE. These don’t count?

    I don’t see why hinterland nature, culture and people should have their values sacrificed to support the rampant, self serving and greedy development in the recently self declared Byrballenox Movieworld Kingdom.

    Endless growth can only eventuate as a doomed model for the future.

    I support sustainability and the true valuation of water. Did anyone buy a truck load during the drought? I didn’t because I adjusted my lifestyle to the conditions. I support more effective use of existing water resources.

    I support living within one’s means.

    I support responding to the carrying capacity of the land everywhere.

    I suggest Ballina LGA still has a chance to differentiate itself from our neighbours by adopting Better Not Bigger.


  • Aaron Webber - National Organiser
    followed this page 2020-12-08 09:42:33 +1100
  • Thom Kotis
    commented 2020-11-05 17:41:55 +1100
    Thanks William!

    Has been a great response! Also had a call from Lismore App yesterday, so will be a little more milage there!

    Would be good to gather some momentum and follow up with a market stall!

    The next Channon Markets will be a month from Sunday. Is anyone available to help me do that?
  • William Bourke
    commented 2020-10-29 14:31:05 +1100
    Thom, well done on secure the following great media coverage following our media release this week…

    Northern Star – https://www.northernstar.com.au/news/costly-unnecessary-fresh-opposition-to-dunoon-dam/4127715/

    The same article appears in the Ballina Advocate and Byron Shire News.

    The story is also on the Northern Rivers Times Fb page!

    Great stuff!

  • Thom Kotis
    commented 2020-09-29 13:58:05 +1000
    Certainly was great to (sort of) meet you all!

    Get me on 0401567515

    I wonder if we could all post ideas about the best markets for us to converge on in the coming months? I think The Channon Markets (my local) would be a good place for us. I have contacted them about having a stall, and they are coming back to me with more info.

    This area seems to me to be fairly ripe at the moment with dam being a hot topic. Likely to find some sympathetic ears to what we are about, if we can stay on topic.

    Looking forward to hearing from everyone!!
  • Martin O'Connell
    commented 2020-09-22 06:49:10 +1000
    Hi All

    Yes the Zoom get together was a great opportunity to meet a few fellow members. Martin O’Connell Mb: 0490 831 134, email: [email protected]

    My area of experience is bushfire management at a landscape level, focussed on conservation reserves. My observation after 38.5 years in that field is that plonking inappropriate and poorly designed developments (read as taking every shortcut possible to maximise profit and therefore creating less bushfire resilient development) more people without familiarity with bushfire are placed at risk at the bushland interface. The developer should carry the cost of undertaking appropriate preparations to manage this risk but instead it is pushed onto the broader community, often onto the natural or rural environment on which the development impinges. I see that the policies of SAP could help us get “our house in order” for what seems to be an ever increasing likelihood of further extreme bushfire events.
  • Rossco Phillips
    commented 2020-09-18 09:01:40 +1000
    Hello SAPs …
    Great to be a part of the ZOOM get together last weekend. Can you please share your contact details so we can stay in touch ?
    Rossco Phillips- 0266 840184 / 0419 840184 email- [email protected]
    Cheers for now…
  • Martin O'Connell
    followed this page 2020-09-15 16:12:46 +1000
  • William Bourke
    commented 2020-09-14 18:11:30 +1000
    Hi All

    Thanks to everyone that attended our inaugural combined Northern Rivers branch (Zoom) meeting yesterday.

    A few key outcomes:

    1. Combine the six Northern Rivers LGA branches into one ‘super’ branch
    2. Put out a media release in September outlining our opposition to the Dunoon dam
    3. Work towards COVID-safe public-facing events ASAP, aiming for at least one per month (e.g. Lismore car boot markets)

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