Water battle begins
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.