Right to know
The campaign running across all media that the public has the right to know apparently does not apply to the mayor and councillors of Tamworth! Good on Mark Rodda for his attempt to get much needed answers from the Minister of Water, about the disappearance of our water! Boo to the rest of Council. About the pool closures and the hundreds of signatures on petitions to Save Our Pools or at least one, all completely ignored by this Council, who seem hell-bent on an aquatic centre which no government will fund. The present pools could be upgraded for half the proposed cost and we would have two swimming areas instead of one out in the sticks. Pam Poole, Tamworth
Dwindling water supply
It is going to be harder to attract people to regional centres and easy to lose others with no water or job security with forecast of no rain in foreseeable future. Science says climate change is permanent and we are facing hot and dry weather for years to come. 18 per cent in dam will not last forever. Time for council to start focusing on future with no water instead of other matters which aren't important. Graeme Reeves, Calala
Tamworth City pool
Sounds like the city swimming pool is going, and is defunct. To be replaced by a green (artificial grass?) space, people will be looking at and listening to cars on the heavy, busiest intersection in the city, and at an ugly disused cinema across the road. This is unbelievable! We do not want another Fitzroy Street costly fizzer. Convert the swimming area into a leisure centre, with kiddie wet play and eating spaces, and retain the pool as a focal point, to be used for leisure activities.
Susan Rivers, Daruka
Chaffey Dam management
I read in today's paper (NDL October 24) that Mayor Murray labelled Councillor Rodda's request that council ask Water NSW how Chaffey Dam depleted so quickly as "a waste of time" and accused him of "not doing his homework". Mayor Murray, I believe Mark Rodda is doing his homework and is concerned there is not transparency of the water situation in the Peel Valley.
My homework mayor Murray, shows that in the last seven days 367 ML (52 ML/ per day) have been released from Chaffey Dam and 49 ML (7 ML/ per day) have gone out Carrol Gap into the Namoi. This has been the trend for quite awhile and I believe the public should question these releases and the amount that goes into the Namoi when council has stated the daily usage down to 17 ML per day. The irrigators can't be blamed for the irregularity as there has been no general security water available to irrigators since the 30th June.
The end of system flows (being Peel into Namoi) 2016/17 year 294,771 ML. 2017/18 year 69,766ML and 2018/19 year figures not yet available after the water year closes 30th June, 4 months ago.
I personally observed at the council meeting, Tuesday 22nd October that the seconder for Councillor Rodda's motion did not vote in favour of the motion. I found this strange.
Kerry Schofield, Tamworth
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