No Tillegra Dam Group



No Tillegra Dam Group

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No Tillegra Dam Group (NTDG) is a community-based, grass roots organisation that was formed by concerned citizens in protest at the sudden announcement by the NSW Government that a dam is proposed that would flood prime farmland and disrupt a farming community with a history spanning up to six generations.

The No Tillegra Dam Group (NTDG) opposes the NSW State Government’s proposal of November 2006 to construct a 450GL dam on the upper Williams River in the Dungog Shire. The NTDG believes the proposal is unsustainable, unnecessary and unjustified.

· To raise public awareness of this proposal and its future effects on the region at a local, regional and national level
· To engage our own independent consultants on viable, sustainable water management, as well as environmental, social and geotechnical issues arising from this proposal
· To lobby state and federal MP’s in every way possible to show them that there are viable alternatives to secure water supplies in the region thus making a dam unjustifiable
· To lobby for an independent review of the decision and planning process for this proposal, given that there was no community consultation at any stage
· To lobby for a comprehensive and independent study of all options for future water management for the Hunter region
· To urge the NSW government to abandon Tillegra Dam and instruct Hunter Water to focus on sustainable water management
NTDG is a non-political, incorporated community association. Prior to March 2007 the group was known as the Living River Group (LRG).


NTDG will work, along with Dungog Shire Council and all relevant politicians, to ensure that the dispersal of all lands which were acquired for the Tillegra Dam proposal do not remain in the ownership of Hunter Water Corp nor the State Government.

NTDG will work towards a sustainable land-use plan for the Williams Valley, in sympathy with its rural setting, which will maintain the agricultural integrity of the valley.

NTDG will work towards long term protection of the Williams River to ensure no further proposals to build a dam or cause harm to this environment can be approved in the future. This will include protection for the Ramsar Listed Wetlands

NTDG will work towards the promotion of sustainable water planning which encourages genuine community consultation, independent review, and ensure that all future water planning is undertaken as per Premier Keneally’s announcement.

Type of group


Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity


Primary location


Known address

c/- Post Office, Dungog NSW 2420

Website link/s

Date of known website activity

August 23, 2015

Date of last group activity not on website (e.g., on social media)

August 2018

Known reason for group inactivity

The campaign against the dam was won, and the last update on the facebook page was in August 2018

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