Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Community members are encouraged to have their say on the proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall for flood mitigation.


Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposal to raise the dam wall for flood mitigation is now on public exhibition.


“The EIS provides a detailed assessment of the potential effect the proposal will have on the surrounding environment and the areas upstream and downstream of the dam,” Mr Ayres said.


“The proposal would create airspace in a ‘flood mitigation zone’ above the full storage level to temporarily hold back floodwaters when the dam fills. It will not raise the permanent water supply of the dam.


“Importantly, the upstream impacts of the proposal must be carefully measured against the social, economic and environmental impacts flooding can have on downstream communities in Western Sydney.”


The EIS public exhibition period provides the community and other stakeholders with a full understanding of what is proposed and an opportunity to make a formal submission.


WaterNSW will host a web portal and a series of webinars and will make available the EIS, videos, animations, fact sheets and FAQs, as well as a ‘virtual engagement room’ where people can source a broad range of information.


All submissions received will be considered and a response to submissions report will be prepared and made publicly available as part of the next stage of the proposal.


The EIS will be on exhibition until Friday, 12 November 2021. For information on briefing sessions, details on making a submission and other information on the EIS process visit: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/10571