The community can comment on the process of the new Lower Hunter Water Plan at this website. It is imperative that everyone has their say in what they want and what they are prepared to pay for as far as future water supplies are concerned.
According to the Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, ‘‘The community has a great opportunity to contribute to the development of a plan that provides lasting solutions for the Lower Hunter Region,’’ Mr Pearce said. ‘‘When we established the Lower Hunter Water Plan process last year I gave a commitment that the community is at the centre of this planning process.’’ ‘‘I am very pleased to be able to deliver on that commitment.’’
The plan was initiated after plans to build Tillegra Dam were cancelled last year.
Please take the time to go to the site and air your views. This is about community engagement, so if you want to have a say in the future of our water supplies get involved. Community and stakeholder workshops will be held throughout the Hunter in December and you can register for them on the website as well.
Just to be clear: Tillegra Dam will not be considered in developing the Lower Hunter Water Plan. The government has determined that the previously rejected Tillegra Dam is not an option for the Lower Hunter Water Plan. The plan will look at a wide range of other options to secure the lower Hunter region’s water supply.