Blue Mountains City Council formally opposes the NSW Government’s proposal to raise Warragamba Dam allowing parts of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park to be flooded.

Give a Dam protest against the raising of Warragamba Dam wall - 9 June 2019

Hundreds marched in Katoomba on 9 June, 2019, to protest the raising of Warragamba Dam wall.

Blue Mountains Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, was interviewed at the rally.  See coverage:

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Pictured: Member for Blue Mountains Trish Doyle, Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill and Shadow Minister for Climate Change Adam Searle.

 

At the Ordinary Meeting on 29 January, 2019, Council endorsed the following recommendations:

1. That Council writes to the Premier of NSW, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP expressing opposition to the recent National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 Amendment allowing parts of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park to be flooded by the raising of Warragamba Dam wall;

2. That Council also writes to the NSW Leader of the Opposition, Mr Michael Daley, Member for the Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle MP, and Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP, to outline its position; and

3. That Council also writes to Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and neighbouring Councils advising of this position.

Media Release: Council opposes raising of Warragamba Dam Wall

Council recently called for two new community members to join a Quality of Life Mayoral Reference Group to facilitate ongoing discussion relating to the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgery’s Creek and the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall. 

Media Release: Call for 'Quality of Life' Mayoral Reference Group members

 

Background

The NSW Government proposes to raise the Warragamba Dam wall by 14 metres on the basis that it considers this to be the most effective option to reduce the risks to life, property and community assets posed by floodwaters from the extensive Warragamba River catchment.

To facilitate this, the NSW Government proposed and passed the Water NSW Amendment (Warragamba Dam) Bill 2018, which was assented to on 26 October 2018. The Bill has the effect of amending the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 to allow the temporary flooding of the Blue Mountains National Park.

The raising of the dam will result in the inundation of significant areas of the catchment upstream of the dam, including areas of the Blue Mountains National Park, and is expected to have significant impacts on Aboriginal cultural values and on biodiversity, including a number of threatened species, including the Regent Honeyeater. Given this, it is appropriate that Council expresses its concern and opposition to the raising of the dam wall.