Select Committee Report on the Proposal to Raise Warragamba Dam
4th November 2021
The Interim Report of the NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on the Proposal to Raise the Warragamba Dam Wall has been released. This inquiry was established in June 2019 to inquire into and report on the NSW Government's proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall for flood mitigation.
The interim report was released before the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) exhibited the 7,500 page Environmental Impact Statement and accompanying documents for the project.
The report provides 16 recommendations including development of a comprehensive flood evacuation plan; implementation of flood mitigation strategies and planning policies to reduce the number of people, homes and businesses at risk from future catastrophic flooding; demonstrating how the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment complies with all current guidelines; and the project not proceed if the proposal cannot maintain or improve the current and future integrity of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
A detailed consideration of the Environmental Impact Statement will be dealt with in the Committee’s final report.