Business fights back

A group of Dungog business owners is tired of being told the whole community is against the Tillegra Dam when that is not the case.
Nanjing Night Net

The business owners, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said the No Tillegra Dam claimed to represent the community when most of those with businesses wanted to see it go ahead.

“Here we are nearly six years down the track from when it was first announced and Dungog has stagnated,” one said.

“It has gone backwards.

“Business has gone backwards. The mill shut and there was 40 jobs gone and now Drovers is gone.”

Last week the Dungog Chronicle featured an article about a meeting between the No Tillegra Dam group and the Finance and Services Minister Greg Pearce.

The meeting was aimed at getting an assurance that what has become known as the Native Dog Creek dam be scratched from the government’s agenda.

That dam would be in the same catchment area as the Tillegra dam, but downstream and 60 per cent the size of the previous plan.

The group failed to get the assurance they were after and said they and the community were ready to fight any proposed dam.

“I don’t think they’re the spokespeople of the community,” one of the business owners said.

“Who knows what employment a dam could bring.

“They’ve bought up 90 per cent of the land and it’s almost irretrievable as farming land.

“It’s all overgrown with Parramatta grass and the cost of getting it back into shape would outweigh the benefits.

The business owners did not want their names in print for fear of boycotts to their business.

“We’ve had the threatening letters and the midnight phone calls,” one said.

“Everyone has the right to their opinion and we wanted to voice ours.”

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