Stop Tillegra Dam community picnic ‘success’


The Wilderness Society held a community picnic for the Save the Williams River Coalition.

This picnic marked the end of the Walk for the Williams which started Sunday 14 March – the official International Day of Action for Rivers.

About 125 people gathered under the Railway Carriage Shed, Foreshore Park, Newcastle and asked politicians to deliver letters to NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.

The Wilderness is excited to hand over a total of 639 hand written requests to NSW Premier Kristina Keneally to Save the Williams River and Stop Tillegra Dam. Dr John Kaye, MLC and Mr Greg Piper, MP have been kind to accept our invitation to speak here today and deliver these letters of protest on our behalf,” said The Wilderness Society’s Justin McKee.

The crowd sang a song as an important message to protect precious natural resources.

Most inspiring here today was a speech from Mr Brad Warren, Executive Chair of Ocean Watch Australia. He reminded the community that the fishing industry and the environments that would be affected by the Tillegra Dam proposal belong to the community and not Hunter Water.

Hunter Water Corporation has no right to take these away from our community” said Mr McKee.