‘People before plants’: NSW premier commits to raising Warragamba dam wall 14 metres

5/10/2022 4:29:00 AM

‘People before plants’: NSW premier commits to raising Warragamba dam wall 14 metres

New South Wales Politics, New South Wales

‘People before plants’: NSW premier commits to raising Warragamba dam wall 14 metres

Government deems controversial project critical state infrastructure in order to have it approved ‘as quickly as possible’

Photograph: Jason O’Brien/AAPNSW premier Dominic Perrottet says raising the Warragamba dam wall is a declared ‘critical’ state significant infrastructure project.Photograph: Jason O’Brien/AAPWed 5 Oct 2022 02.27 BSTLast modified on Wed 5 Oct 2022 02.29 BST

TheNew South Walespremier, Dominic Perrottet, has declared he will put “people before plants” as he announced the Warragamba dam will be raised 14 metres, despite the project not having environmental approval or funding.Speaking at the western Sydney catchment on Wednesday, Perrottet announced the dam wall raising had been declared a critical state significant infrastructure project, handing final state approval for the project to the planning minister, Anthony Roberts.

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'the dam would put endangered regent honeyeater at risk' is that all? we allow 100k residents to be flooded for the sake of honeyeater birds there 100k residents live along the Hawkesbury flood plains without raising the dam They need to be relocated 100k x $500k= $500bils buyback compo Ha. The developers must be rubbing their hands...

This guy got to go No plants no people Dom Well if 1/5 of our nation live in one small area, which continues to grow, then a bigger dam is a good idea. I hope the dam bursts Sounds like it developers before people if you ask me Ffs Brisbane Avon dam was 30% before it flooded Brisbane early this year. If adding 14 feet they think will stop future flooding they are kidding themselves. Sydney water will be reluctant to release water given how valuable it is. We have had some pretty severe water restriction

People before plants... And look where that's got us. Would only receive roughly 30% of the catchment, and thats ignoring releases to protect the dam in the first place. That's not a protection policy but a property developer on flood plain policy.

Raising Warragamba Dam wall could save thousands: NSW government modellingRaising the Warragamba Dam wall could save more than 8000 people from flood risk by 2041, according to modelling the NSW government will use to justify the controversial project. Rabe9 A very small number of people for the destruction of world heritage. Are the 8000 already at risk or will these be new residents on the flood plain? Rabe9 alternative headline - Government has approved housing developments that risks lives of thousands Rabe9 Save thousands? Millions and billions! It is because of this as to why we have flood problems. The dam floods and inundates many areas.

This government has form for destroying trees and green space. What’s a few hundred thousand more? Sure a liberal donor will get the contract, it will run massively over budget and likely collapse What about the people that will lose their important sacred sites? What about the people that live in & near the Blue Mountains, as the enlarged lake will impact the climate in that region. We must all forget about the rare & endangered plants & animals in a World Heritage area.

Did Do-Pe mention how much this will cost, and when the work will be completed? No? So, if we click our fingers and imagine the work is done, where are we? Next decent wet season the dam will fill again, except this time MUCH more water is ready to wash over western Sydney. More water for his 400 progeny

Dams, dear boy, are incompatible with people or plants. And by people, Perrottet means property developers. I presume in the interests of protecting people they will not allow housing to be built on the flood plain then........

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NSW premier Dominic Perrottet says raising the Warragamba dam wall is a declared ‘critical’ state significant infrastructure project.to save articles for later.Former Conservative leader William Hague said that he hoped the government could learn from the U-turn on income tax and the political chaos of recent days.Help keep family & friends informed by sharing this article abc.

Photograph: Jason O’Brien/AAP NSW premier Dominic Perrottet says raising the Warragamba dam wall is a declared ‘critical’ state significant infrastructure project. Photograph: Jason O’Brien/AAP Wed 5 Oct 2022 02. The modelling is based on housing development planned in the Hawkesbury-Nepean region up to 2041 and suggests if the dam wall was not raised that 8,600 people would not be able to evacuate in the event of a “one in 100 chance per year flood”.27 BST Last modified on Wed 5 Oct 2022 02. The whole political situation in this country is very fluid.29 BST The New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, has declared he will put “people before plants” as he announced the Warragamba dam will be raised 14 metres, despite the project not having environmental approval or funding. Credit: The modelling, seen by the Herald , will be contained in the NSW government’s full response to the independent flood inquiry, which will likely be released within weeks. Speaking at the western Sydney catchment on Wednesday, Perrottet announced the dam wall raising had been declared a critical state significant infrastructure project, handing final state approval for the project to the planning minister, Anthony Roberts. The government said $10 million would go towards a dedicated arts and cultural precinct in Campsie, $5 million for a new multipurpose facility in Greenacre, $5 million to overhaul the Wran Leisure Centre in Villawood and $4 million for 6.

As NSW again faces the threat of widespread flooding, with a month’s worth of rain predicted to batter saturated catchments in the coming days, the premier said raising the dam wall would save lives, save properties and help future-proof western Sydney from flood risks. “Our primary focus is on saving lives, saving properties and the future-proofing of western Sydney,” he said. But he said that Liz Truss’ team needs to learn the “right lessons” from the mini-budget debacle. “My number one priority as premier is protecting NSW communities and we know from the independent flood inquiry that the best way to protect communities downstream is to raise the wall,” he said. Scientific advisers previously warned that a previous plan to raise the dam wall 17 metres could place the Blue Mountains’ world heritage listing at risk , due to the inundation of catchment areas. The Perrottet government recently wrote to the Commonwealth government seeking a 50-50 funding arrangement for the $1 billion-plus project. Asked how inundating parts of the Blue Mountains area – that was this week declared a priority place in the new national threatened species action plan – was consistent with protecting it, the premier said he was putting “people before plants”. Updated at 10. “Saving lives, protecting property is the most important thing we can do,” he said. Credit: Dean Sewell The modelling suggests in the event of a “one in 100 chance per year” flood in 2041, 1,700 people would not be able to evacuate under “committed development” with the dam wall at its current size. "[This] is our plan for the fastest growing region in New South Wales and indeed Australia," Treasurer Matt Kean said.

“Environmental concerns, they get taken on board by the federal government. What we’re not going to have is that part of the process standing in the way of raising this wall. NSW minister David Elliott last year said raising the Warragamba Dam wall could pave the way for the release of more land for development in Sydney’s north-west. Suella Braverman made the pledge after criticising the “media circus” surrounding accusations against the singer Cliff Richard and the former MP Harvey Proctor, which both said had ruined their lives.” He said by deeming the wall raising a critical project, environmental and planning processes would be “streamlined to get to the point where this project is approved as quickly as possible”. . Advertisement document produced in June by an independent inquiry into the state’s recent flooding disasters warned more than 160,000 people would require evacuation from the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain in the event of an extreme flood in 2041 if development was to go ahead as planned.