Grave concerns held for future of waterway
A MULLETT Creek property owner holds grave concerns about the environmental impact on the natural waterway, after a submission was made to "interfere with the flow of water in Mullett Creek".
Roy Uebel's property lines Mullett Creek and he said the application had been "sneaky" and believes there should have been greater communication between the applicant, the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the affected property owners before any application to dam the creek was made.
Mr Uebel said he was able to make a submission against the application at the 11th hour, only after he was alerted to the application by a concerned party.
"There was a notice which appeared in the paper in July but we live 40km out of town so we don't get the paper every day," he said.
"The property on one side of the creek is owned by the applicant and only five properties on the other side would be affected."
Mr Uebel said if the application went ahead, it would have a negative effect on the environment and the impacted properties.
"It's selfish for one property to have all the access to a natural waterway," he said.
"We have a small amount of fruit trees and we rely on the creek when our tank water runs low."
With no access to town water, Mr Uebel said his property deed allowed him access to water from the creek.
"One of the reasons we bought the property was the beauty of the creek and the wildlife," he said.
A spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources and Mines said the application was in the very early stages.
"The assessment of the licence application will consider the effects of the proposal on existing water users and the environment, including the potential for the dam to detrimentally affect the availability of water for downstream residents," he said.
"Any water licence granted on approval of the application would include conditions requiring flow releases as required to protect the reliability of access to water for downstream water users and the environment."
A similar application in 2010 was refused.
People who lodged submissions will soon be contacted by the department.