Article: John Cobb Defends Water Security Against Dam Threat To Cliefden Caves

The Conowindra Phoenix - www.canowindraphoenix.com.au

"Calare federal MP John Cobb has staunchly defended the proposed Needles Gap dam project in the face of claims it would destroy the Cliefden Caves that lie under the site and are said to be more extensive and magnificent than the Jenolan Caves.

The cave system is on private property near the Belubula River and has been undisturbed by all but speleologists and academic specialists over the many years since it was discovered."

The cave system is on private property near the Belubula River and has been undisturbed by all but speleologists and academic specialists over the many years since it was discovered.

Sydney University caves specialist Prof. Armstrong Osbourne says the system contains "magnificent helictites [and] rare blue stalactites and that the proposed dam would flood not just these caves but the nearby Fossil Hill site which is part of Canowindra’s internationally acclaimed 360 million year-old Devonian fish fossil deposit."

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