Our community has rejected water mining, but our local councils do not have the power to reject proposed water mining developments without a change to their LEP.
Sign our petition calling on the NSW Minister for Planning to direct Ballina and Tweed Local Councils to prohibit water mining in the wake of a proposed water extraction development application in Alstonville and continued water extraction in Tweed.
To the Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts MP,
The community has rejected water mining, it is not a sustainable development, it brings no jobs or profit to the region and threatens our water. In Alstonville, farmers are worried about the impact on the shared groundwater and in the Uki, locals are opposed to the daily barrage of water trucks disturbing their community and the impacts the extraction will have on the natural environment.
Water mining is inappropriate for our region for the following reasons:
- Extracting water for bottling is grossly irresponsible when our state is facing widespread drought.
- The development has the potential to disrupt local farmers use of the water aquifer.
- The manufacturing of bottled water is an environmentally harmful activity that contributes to further plastic waste.
- The development brings no jobs or profit to our region.
- The development faces widespread community opposition.
We the undersigned, call on you, to exercise your power under the NSW planning law to direct Ballina and Tweed Local Councils to prohibit water mining in the wake of a proposed water extraction development application in Alstonville and continued water extraction in Tweed.
We need a consistent approach across the Northern Rivers, with Ballina and Tweed Councils adopting the same prohibition on water mining as Lismore and Byron Councils.