a. Council is obliged to represent the interests of the residents and ratepayers (Local Government Act 1993, Section 232)
b. There has been concern in the community about the cost to Council residents from the proposed Tillegra Dam
c. There has been media speculation about the cost to Council residents from the proposed Tillegra Dam (see articles attached from The Australian newspaper and The Newcastle Herald newspaper)
Newcastle City Council:
i. Calls for Hunter Water Corporation to outline to the community the full cost to Council residents from the proposed Tillegra Dam, including the impost on new housing development
ii. Calls for Hunter Water Corporation to place together on public exhibition the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal pricing determination and the Environmental Assessment Report so that the community can comment on, not only the environmental impacts from the proposed dam, but the social and economic impacts for Council residents.
Councillor Tate voted against calling on Hunter Water to be open and transparent about the cost to residents from the proposed Tillegra dam.