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• In early February 2020, a one-in-50-year rainfall event in the Blue Mountains resulted in a substantial landslip occurring on slopes above Cliff Drive, Leura.
• This resulted in extensive damage to 5000sqm of land and the closure of Cliff Drive, as well as Leura Cascades picnic area and walking tracks.
• This natural disaster resulted in a complicated and expensive clean-up for Council, further complicated by more flooding in March 2021, as well as two natural disasters this year (March and July 2022).
• Council opened Leura Cascades to pedestrians and cyclists in June 2021, but Cliff Drive cannot be reopened to vehicles until the damaged culvert is replaced.
• Along with Council’s workforce being impacted by the global COVID-19 since 2020, multiple natural disasters have impacted all of Council’s current projects and left a damage bill for the City of around $400 million.