The Tweed District Water Supply Water Augmentation Community Working Group (CWG) met for the second time last week (Monday 18 January) to consider four shortlisted options to boost the Tweed’s
water supply capacity to cater for population growth.

The CWG has been established to assist Tweed Shire Council select a preferred option from four shortlisted water supply augmentation options.

Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources David Oxenham said the meeting allowed the Community Working Group to progress past the preliminary and introductory phase of the process
and gave members the opportunity to delve into the issues of most importance to them regarding the water supply options.

“The Community Working Group was briefed on how a Multi-Criteria Analysis can be used to assist in the assessment and ranking of complex topics that cross environmental, social, economical and
governance issues such as those posed by the water supply options,” Mr Oxenham said.

Mr Oxenham said the council also learnt a great deal from the community representatives at the meeting.

“We learnt that the community would like to know more about council’s demand management actions, in particular, what has been done to date and more detail on the future actions,” Mr
Oxenham said.

“There would appear to be a lack of awareness and understanding in the community regarding council’s focus on reducing water use.

“Council needs to more clearly explain that reducing water use is the basis of its water supply strategy and provides the foundation for any of the four water supply options currently being looked at.”

The Community Working Group will meet several times over the course of the community consultation process for the Tweed District Water Supply Augmentation project with the next meeting
scheduled for 1 February to review the environmental issues associated with the Water Supply Options. Minutes of each meeting are recorded and published on Council’s website

“Council will continue to work with the members of the Community Working Group to help them to achieve the objectives of the group,” Mr Oxenham  said.