Maree Abood Wins 2016 Premier's Award

2nd November 2016

Maree Abood was awarded the 2016 'Premier's Award for Excellence in Public Service' for Building Infrastructure (Individual) for her work on leading the delivery of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy.


Due to its topography, the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley (including Penrith and Windsor) has the greatest flood risk in NSW, if not Australia.  Flooding in the Valley, similar to the 2011 floods in Queensland, would require the evacuation of over 64,000 people and cause $2 billion economic damages.


In early 2014, the Government established the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Management Taskforce, co-ordinated by Infrastructure NSW and involving 13 government agencies to address this flood risk to life and property. The outcome of the Taskforce’s work is Government approval of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy, announced in the 2016 – 17 Budget. Significantly, this strategy includes raising the Warragamba Dam wall by around 14 metres to reduce risk to life and the expected economic damages by 75%.


FMA Communications Director Sue Ribbons said “We are all very proud of Maree and all the hard work she does. I am proud to be working as part of her team.”


Maree is the Executive Director, Strategic Water Planning & Infrastructure at Infrastructure NSW and is the Project Director of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Management Directorate.


The Premier’s Awards for Public Service recognise excellence in the delivery of public services to the NSW community by the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and private businesses.


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