Wa­ter bat­tle be­gins

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS POLICE AND COURT - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

RES­I­DENTS have wo­ken to find their ru­ral road cov­ered in graf­fiti, fol­low­ing the ap­proval of a con­tro­ver­sial plan to ex­tract thou­sands of litres of wa­ter near Uki.

Large graf­fiti let­ters were dis­cov­ered on Row­lands Creek Rd, near Uki, yes­ter­day crit­i­cis­ing Tweed Shire Coun­cil for al­low­ing for­mer NSW La­bor min­is­ter Jack Hal­lam to start ex­tract­ing 24 me­gal­itres of wa­ter an­nu­ally for com­mer­cial use from his Row­lands Creek Rd prop­erty. The anony­mous graf­fiti, which states “wa­ter is sa­cred” and calls for Mr Hal­lam to “hit the road Jack”, fol­lows a large protest of about 100 peo­ple who gath­ered out­side coun­cil cham­bers in Mur­willum­bah last week ahead of coun­cil’s fi­nal de­ci­sion to ap­prove the con­tro­ver­sial de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

Many peo­ple have taken to so­cial me­dia in the days fol­low­ing coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to crit­i­cise cer­tain coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing La­bor’s Cr Reece Byrnes who used his cast­ing vote to ap­prove Mr Hal­lam’s ap­pli­ca­tion.

“Thanks to the peo­ple who en­abled this stupid wa­ter min­ing de­ci­sion you’ve wo­ken the dragon and now our road has be­come a bat­tle­field,” Uki res­i­dent Greg Dixon wrote on so­cial me­dia.


WAKE UP CALL: Graf­fiti found on Row­lands Creek Rd in protest against wa­ter ex­trac­tion.

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