The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
Inter-basin diversion of Clarence River water
Presented on behalf of
- The Clarence Environment Centre Inc
- The Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition Inc
- National Parks Association – Clarence Valley Inc
- North Coast Environment Council Inc
August 30, 2007
Commissioner Peter J. Crawford, Healthy Rivers Commission:
Final Report, November 1999 (page 156).
Frequently referred to as The “Mighty" Clarence, this 106 kilometre tidal estuary gives
the casual observer a misleading impression of unlimited potable water. In reality, should
the river cease to flow, there would be no visible change in the the river at this point.
It is apparent that any proposal to divert substantial quantities of water
from the Clarence would present significant risks to the health of riverine
ecosystems, and those activities and values dependent on them."