ALEXANDRA DISTRICT FLOOD ACTION SOCIETY

TO HAVE OR HAVE NOT?

"All those affected by Dams should be better off after the project." - Alison Bartles (International Commission on Large Dams)

In some places large dams are being decommissioned because those affected by them are WORSE off.

Are dams on the Clutha making us BETTER or WORSE off?

BENEFITS

PROBLEMS

1. Hydro-electric dams do not pollute the environment the way fossil fuels or nuclear waste can.

1. Dams can be detrimental to the environment and ecology unless controls are in place.

2. Water is a free renewable resource

2. Water is free to the company - Should they have it for nothing?

3. Is very profitable/Profits should be used for maintenance costs.

3. Profits can make owners very powerful - they can afford to ignore problems created by the dams.

To ensure that we ALL benefit from the Clutha dams we must make certain that the long term effects do not create problems which outweigh the benefits.

The granting of water rights to Contact Energy MUST include conditions which will ensure that the river does not cause damage to the environment, ecology and communities throughout its length.

Some of the profits made by Contact Energy should also be used for balancing the losses to the community, (such as heritage as in the Bendigo hotel, the swimming pool, the camping ground.) This could be in the form of educational assistance, development of work opportunities, cheaper power to those living in affected areas or other investments in the area.

We also are running a public workshop in July in five different towns at which expert advice will be available.

These workshops are being held at Balclutha Saturday 14th July, Roxburgh Saturday 21st July, Alexandra Sunday 22nd July, Cromwell 28th July and Hawea 29th July.

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