HUNTER Water Corporation is putting up for sale one of the properties acquired for the former Tillegra Dam project.
The corporation’s board approved the sale of 182Salisbury Road, Munni, last week.
The property’s former owners chose not to take up their right of first refusal to buy back the property.
It was one of 46 properties acquired for the project over three decades that were intended to be inundated by the dam.
Eleven former Tillegra owners have been offered the opportunity to buy back their properties while others have opted to wait for the release of the Lower Hunter Water Plan this year before deciding.
The sale of the Salisbury Road property coincides with the launch of the land use and management plan for Hunter Water’s land holdings in the area.
Stakeholders including the Dungog Shire Council, government authorities and the community will be consulted as part of the process, which is being overseen by consultants Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations and Maintenance.
A draft plan will be publicly exhibited in August with a community information session to follow its release.
There will then be further opportunities for submissions before a final report is released in October.
The plan’s development runs parallel to the development of the Lower Hunter Water Plan.
The Herald reported yesterday that a major focus of the plan would be the region’s vulnerability to drought.
The Metropolitan Water Directorate is considering all options as part of the water plan.
It is consulting the community as part of the plan’s development and residents are encouraged to take part.
OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND: Land near Dungog was earmarked for the Tillegra Dam.