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ACT Politicians To View Dam Problems

Monday 31st Jan 2000

Gerry Eckhoff Media Release -- Environment

Local MP Gerry Eckhoff will host ACT MPs at a planning retreat in Alexandra this week.

Mr Eckhoff, ACT's conservation spokesman, will take the MPs on a trip down Lake Roxburgh on Wednesday night on a fact-finding mission into the Alexandra floods.

The trip will be joined by local flood action committee chair Bob Kilgour and geologist Royden Thompson, who will point out the potential problems within Roxburgh Gorge and give background.

Mr Eckhoff says the silt build-up behind "the Narrows" is creating the problem, and removing the natural impediment may trigger a major landslide, making the problem worse.

"But doing nothing is not an option," Mr Eckhoff said.

"The Roxburgh dam has brought huge benefits to the Crown and its new owner Contact Energy, yet it is the people of Alexandra who are bearing the brunt of the flooding problems.

"There is clearly a need for an enquiry to ascertain whether Contact Energy or the Crown have a liability to the people of Alexandra.

"My first task is to educate the ACT caucus on the extent of the problem, then we can bring informed pressure upon the Government to make good on the losses suffered by the people of Alexandra."

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