29th September, 2022
After much consideration, Bathurst Community Climate Action Network has made the decision to oppose the proposed ATCO pumped hydro scheme at Yetholme.
The decision is based on the following points:
- The project relies on extraction from the Fish River which forms part of a complex ecosystem supporting remnant biodiversity in the Yetholme area as well as being a designated part of Bathurst’s drinking water catchment. With climate change and predictions of increased frequency and intensity of drought, local water sources must be protected.
“While BCCAN supports renewable energy as part of the urgent shift away from fossil fuels, there are other local alternative renewable projects proposed and underway. We are supportive of projects that are appropriate for our region,” BCCAN spokesperson Sally Neaves said.
BCCAN has strongly supported proposals such as the Photon solar farm at Brewongle and the Neoen solar project at Eglington.
Other considerations include:
- The top of Mt Tennyson (1200m elevation) will be blasted away with explosives to create a 75 acre dam
- A 60 metre deep shaft will be blasted adjacent to Frying Pan Creek.
- Blasting creates noise, dust, and vibrations which can carry long distances. It also releases harmful contaminants and causes sediment run off.
- Contaminant activity within the project area can be transmitted by water to downstream users.
“Action on climate change is not only about the switch to renewables. It is also about protecting water and biodiversity in a changing climate,” Ms Neaves said.
For media comment, contact:
Sally Neaves (Spokesperson on pumped hydro issue) 0408 703 204
Jack Fry (President) 0444 566 134
Andrew McAlister (Publicity Officer) 0455 303 510