Protest rally damns dam project

OVERFLOW: Anti-dam protesters make their point yesterday.- Picture by Natalie Grono
OVERFLOW: Anti-dam protesters make their point yesterday.- Picture by Natalie Grono

OPPONENTS of the proposed Tillegra Dam rallied at yesterday's Independent Pricing Review Tribunal hearing and called for an independent review of the project.

Groups such as the Greens, the No Tillegra Dam Group and the Total Environment Centre were represented.

"That people's livelihoods and families can be torn asunder for no just reason, that a pristine river system, a fertile agricultural valley, a family member's final resting place and a diverse and unique environment could be sacrificed at the whim of a politician is undeserved and unbelievable," Williams River resident Carol Pasenow said.

No Tillegra Dam Group spokeswoman Sally Corbett described the Tillegra proposal as a "selective tax".

Greens MP John Kaye told the rally at Newcastle City Hall there was every chance the project could be called off.