Warragamba Dam Wall Uplift Remains a Hot Topic for Blue Mountains City Council | Advertiser Wollondilly

The Blue Mountains City Council has reaffirmed its opposition to the raising of the Warragamba dam wall.

The council is just one of many opponents of the state government’s plan to mitigate flood risk for communities in the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain.

Other opponents include Wollondilly council, UNESCO, indigenous groups, advisory councils, etc.

A February 22 meeting provided an opportunity for the newly elected Blue Mountains Council to discuss issues of damage to cultural heritage, flora, fauna and World Heritage values ​​that arise from the proposal.

Blue Mountains Labor Mayor Mark Greenhill described the raising of the wall as a “totemic problem and an existential threat to the Blue Mountains”, adding that it will do “very little about flooding downstream”.

He said a higher dam wall “would not increase our water supply…but [would] flood large areas of a World Heritage area”.

He also highlighted the potential impact on cultural heritage, and in particular the Burragorang area.

“For the people of Gundungurra, this is like flooding the Sistine Chapel,” said Cr Greenhill.

Labor Deputy Mayor Romola Hollywood echoed the mayor’s sentiments and highlighted the threat to the critically endangered regent honeyeater.

Ward 1 Green Councilor Sarah Redshaw, Ward 1 Labor Councilor Suzie van Opdorp, Ward 2 Green Councilor Brent Hoare, Ward 4 Labor Councilor Nyree Fisher and Ward 3 Independent Councilor Daniel Myles also spoke out against the elevation of the wall.

The resolution against raising the wall was supported by all councilors except Ward 3 Councilor Roza Sage and Ward 4 Councilor Christie who voted against. Ward 1 Liberal Councilor Kevin Schreiber did not attend the meeting.

Jessica C. Bell