Skip navigation

Barilaro’s Dam Stupid Idea

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
16 October 2019

The Government’s plan to fast-track the approval and construction of dams in Western NSW will do nothing to prevent towns reaching ‘Day-Zero’ and is simply justification to avoid proper scrutiny of the environmental impacts of dams said Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and water spokesperson.

“Emergency measures are needed to ensure towns don’t reach day zero, but fast tracking the approval of dams that won’t be built for another four or five years is a cynical attempt to take advantage of the drought to get away with environmental vandalism,” said Ms Faehrmann. 

“Building more dams won’t make it rain but they will consign downstream communities to environmental and social disaster as even more rivers dry up. 

“The fact is that extractive industries on the Murray Darling are taking too much. The government needs to stand up to big irrigators and coal mines and reduce their allocations to preserve our state’s water security. 

“The government needs to be considering all solutions to ensure regional communities have a sustainable water supply, including water recycling. If other countries like Israel can recycle their water for crop irrigation, surely Australia should be fast tracking that too. Why isn’t this even on the table?

“NSW towns are running out of water because of a failure to plan for the increasing impacts of climate change. We don’t need more destructive dams, we need to manage the water we do have sustainably and equitably and that must start with standing up to the big upstream irrigators,” said Ms Faehrmann.

 

More information: Jacob Miller 0428 837 292

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
16 October 2019
SHARE:

THE LATEST NEWS

MEDIA RELEASE

NSW Government Oversight of Kangaroo Industry Lacks Transparency, Monitoring and Compliance Parliamentary Inquiry finds

A New South Wales Parliamentary Inquiry into the Health and Wellbeing of Kangaroos and Other Macropods has handed down its report today, with recommendations to the Government that include strengthening monitoring and compliance around animal welfare and reviewing the way in which annual harvest quotas for kangaroos are determined.

MEDIA RELEASE

NSW Government Oversight of Kangaroo Industry Lacks Transparency, Monitoring and Compliance Parliamentary Inquiry finds

A New South Wales Parliamentary Inquiry into the Health and Wellbeing of Kangaroos and OtherMacropods has handed down its report today, with recommendations to the Government that includestrengthening monitoring and compliance around animal welfare and reviewing the way in which annualharvest quotas for kangaroos are determined.

MEDIA RELEASE

Land and Environment Court Decision Spells Doom for Sydney’s Koalas

Today’s decision by the Land and Environment Court against Save Sydney’s Koalas will spell extinction for the healthiest koala colony in the State, says Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and Spokesperson for Environment and Wildlife. 

MEDIA RELEASE

Health System was Always Going to Collapse - Delta or No Delta

The NSW Public Health system was always going to collapse due to successive governments not prioritising health promotion, disease prevention and mental wellbeing, and ignoring calls for more investment in the public health workforce, Greens MP and Health and Wellbeing spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said.


CAMPAIGNS