'Retrofitting' an alternative to Tillegra

THE Wilderness Society has unveiled in Newcastle this morning a $44 million alternative to the state government’s scrapped $447 million Tillegra Dam.

The environmental group said the strategy included managing demand and conserving water.

Sydney-based Institute for Sustainable Futures also worked on the plan.

Recommended measures include stormwater harvesting, business partnerships and household retrofitting.

These could safely meet the needs of a growing Lower Hunter population until 2050, the society and institute said.

The report will be made available to the government as it prepares a new Lower Hunter Water Plan.

Premier Kristina Keneally announced on Sunday that the government would not proceed with the controversial Tillegra Dam project, four years after former premier Morris Iemma unveiled the proposal.