BY JARROD MELMETH

Hunter Water will be forced to table plans it has to build a dam in the Lower Hunter in the state Parliament.

Independent Upper House MLC Justin Field successfully moved a standing order which will require the company to release the documents within 21 days of the order.

Mr Field says its all about ensuring the government and Hunter Water are doing things by the books and that the process is transparent.

“I know there has been a lot of concern over the last decade or so about water planning in the Lower Hunter and we of course remember what happened with Tillegra Dam.

“The Community has spoken really clearly in the past. They don’t want to see money going into new dams. They want to see it going into water efficiency and recycling.

“The latest community survey strengthened that argument and its clear there is a real concern that Hunter Water and the government are still pushing ahead with their plans for new dam proposals.

“Its clear we need all the information in the public domain will ensure that the community understands what Hunter Water is doing and Hunter Water understands that they must respond to the communities expectations,” Mr Field said.

In particular Mr Field is focused on potential plans for dams at Limeburners Creek and Upper Chichester.

The current dam at Chichester. Photo Hunter Water.