Uki com­mu­nity stands against wa­ter ex­trac­tion

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

TWO wa­ter trucks were stopped by con­cerned res­i­dents in Uki at the week­end as part of a com­mu­nity ac­tion plan to halt wa­ter ex­trac­tion in the Tweed.

About 50 res­i­dents gath­ered op­po­site Uki Pub­lic School on Satur­day to protest against wa­ter ex­trac­tion and traf­fic safety con­cerns. Res­i­dents have shared their con­cerns about the num­ber of wa­ter trucks mov­ing through the small ru­ral vil­lage.

Or­gan­ised by new ac­tion group The Wa­ter Drag­ons, the protest aimed at stop­ping wa­ter trucks from us­ing the roads.

Tweed Wa­ter Al­liance spokesman Jeremy Tager at­tended the protest and said res­i­dents were de­ter­mined to use “non-vi­o­lent di­rect ac­tion” to get their point across.

“As an ac­tion it was quite dif­fi­cult to stop two trucks and keep traf­fic mov­ing and keep peo­ple safe,” he said.

“The trucks were stopped and the large group gath­ered around the trucks for about 15 min­utes be­fore they went on their way.”

Mr Tager said res­i­dents were “in­cred­i­bly frus­trated” by the in­creas­ing num­ber of wa­ter ex­trac­tion op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing the ap­proval of Uki res­i­dent and for­mer NSW La­bor min­is­ter Jack Hal­lam’s ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­tract 24 me­gal­itres of wa­ter an­nu­ally from his Row­lands Creek Rd prop­erty.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROTEST: Uki res­i­dents gather on the streets of Uki in protest against wa­ter ex­trac­tion.

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