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How to reduce the effects of natural disasters rather than just clean up after them
A man — desperately begging for help from emergency services — dies in his car as it is swallowed by floodwaters on a...
Raising dam wall could lead to more development on floodplain, Emergency Minister says
NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott says raising the Warragamba Dam wall could pave the way for the release of more land for...
When the levee breaks
Some say the Warragamba Dam wall needs to be raised to help prevent the devastating floods seen in Sydney this week — but...
Archaeologist says he was hired as PR move over Warragamba Dam project
An archaeologist recruited by consultants for WaterNSW to advise on the Aboriginal significance of an area set to be flooded by the controversial...
The dam that busted open an old NSW cabinet wound
At the same time as Sydney was being inundated with the biggest downpour in 50 years and its main dam was spilling billions...
NSW government attempts to dodge $2.8b compensation bill for Warragamba Dam environmental damage, documents reveal
The New South Wales government tried to avoid paying nearly $3 billion in compensation for environmental damage expected to occur as part of...
‘The valley can fill up like a bathtub’: Experts warn of known NSW flood risk
The emergency evacuation of thousands of Western Sydney residents living in flood-prone areas has been 200 years in the making, climate experts say....
Warragamba Dam: would a higher wall have prevented Sydney flooding?
As flood water spills into the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley, NSW’s plan to increase the reservoir’s height by 17 metres has come to the fore....
There's a controversial plan for Warragamba Dam — some say it could have slowed Sydney's floods
The flood emergency in Sydney's west has raised questions about whether more could have been done to alleviate the risks.
NSW government ministers in stoush over Warragamba Dam management amid flooding
Tensions over the management of Sydney's Warragamba Dam are rising as quickly as the dam itself with major disagreements between senior state government...
Higher Warragamba Dam wall would not have halted floods, experts say
Raising the wall of the Warragamba Dam by 14 metres to hold more floodwaters — as proposed by the state government — would...
Dangerous floods are inevitable, so stop putting people in their way
The inundation of homes and businesses in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley of western Sydney is tragic for the people affected, but it is no...
Meet the mother-daughter duo fighting to save their culture from being drowned
Gundungurra Women Kazan Brown and her daughter Taylor Clarke are taking on the NSW government’s plan to raise Sydney’s Warragamba Dam.
'Flawed' cultural heritage report condoning dam raise could lead to 'catastrophic' loss
A leading archaeologist has described the cultural heritage assessment for a proposal to raise Sydney’s Warragamba Dam wall as lacking, and has called...
Bid to protect controversial Warragamba Dam wall raising from legal challenges
The ability of a growing number of concerned groups to legally challenge the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall would be all but...
Full cost of ‘expensive’ Warragamba Dam project unclear
NSW Western Sydney Minister Stuart Ayres has defended a controversial proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall by 14m, admitting it would be...
Documents reveal potential cost of Warragamba Dam wall raising
Documents obtained under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request have revealed the expected cost of the plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall....
‘Where is the money coming from?’: Official doubts cast on dam plans
The Berejiklian government may not be able to afford a series of inland dam projects and raising the wall of Sydney’s biggest reservoir...
Traditional owners launch federal bid to stop raising of Warragamba Dam wall
The traditional owners of the land set to be inundated by raising the walls of the Warragamba Dam have launched a federal bid...
Infrastructure NSW head refuses calls to accelerate flood road construction
Pleas to upgrade flood evacuation roads in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley following “grave concerns” around existing regional evacuation routes have been knocked back by...
Traditional land owners call for moratorium on Warragamba Dam wall plan
Traditional land owners have called for a moratorium on the plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall after Wednesday's findings from the Federal...
EXCLUSIVE: HeritageNSW’s scathing review of Warragamba Dam cultural heritage report
A leaked email from HeritageNSW outlining the department’s concerns regarding the proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam has mirrored the concerns of Traditional...
Environmental outlook for Blue Mountains downgraded due to fires, dam wall plans
The environmental outlook for the greater Blue Mountains area has been downgraded after last summer's huge bushfires, with issues such as the Warragamba...
NSW inquiry hears accusations of bribery on Warragamba Dam project
The NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam Wall has heard accusations of bribery of Traditional Owners.
Investigation launched into Warragamba jobs allegation
A NSW government agency has launched an investigation into allegations one of its workers offered employment to a traditional landowner if they supported...
‘Environmental terrorists’ accused of risking lives and property in Nepean Valley
Residents of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley are already being warned to prepare for flooding with Sydney’s largest dam set to reach capacity.
Warragamba dam inquiry hears traditional land owners offered jobs if they supported raising wall
An Aboriginal traditional land owner has told an inquiry she was offered employment by government bureaucrats if she supported the controversial raising of...
Rivers levels to rise as Water is released from Warragamba Dam following rains
The level of the Hawkesbury River is expected to rise in coming weeks as water from Warragamba Dam is gradually released into the...
'Like the Franklin': Future of Sydney's last wild river hangs in the balance
Sitting by the burbling Kowmung River on a still night, watching a full moon rising over the Wild Dog mountains, it's easy to...
IAG dodges 'Rio Tinto' moment on Aboriginal heritage
Insurance Australia Group has dropped its support for a NSW government proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall, over concerns the project will...
Warragamba Dam expansion risks wiping out Aboriginal cultural sites
Traditional Owners from Western Sydney’s water catchment region say vital Aboriginal cultural sites will be destroyed if a state proposal to raise the...
Raise a Wall, Erase Indigenous Heritage
Kazan Brown is a Gundungurra woman. She has written of the importance of her country and that of neighbouring nations where a song...
'Mud and dead trees': the dire environmental effects of raising Warragamba dam wall
Plan to raise the dam wall will see some 6,000 hectares of world heritage land inundated by flood waters
Warragamba Dam: is western Sydney about to flood and would raising the dam wall help?
The dam hit 100% capacity on Monday, having filled rapidly during heavy rain periods this year
NSW has failed to properly assess impact on wildlife of Warragamba dam changes, federal government says
Exclusive: leaked environment department document raises concerns about the regent honeyeater and forest and woodland ecosystems
Climate change fund bankrolls Warragamba dam wall raising
The Berejiklian government's Climate Change Fund has spent almost $50 million supporting work on raising the Warragamba dam wall - an outlay critics...
'Noah built the ark before the flood': Minister defends campaign amid drought
An $800,000 government advertising campaign about the dangers of flooding in Sydney’s west has been described as a thinly veiled PR strategy to...
Warragamba plan 'flawed': former SES deputy
The former deputy of the NSW State Emergency Service says the government's plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall is “flawed,” warning it...
Warragamba dam level report deadline too short, traditional owners say
Traditional owners say they have not been given enough time to assess the cultural heritage impact of a plan to raise the wall...
Warragamba Dam public meeting
A public meeting to hear the concerns of Indigenous people about the Warragamba Dam wall raising proposal will be held in Faulconbridge on...
Leaked charts 'undercut' case to lift Warragamba dam wall: opponents
Plans to raise Warragamba Dam to cut flood risks to downstream communities have been challenged after the leaking of charts show a 14-metre...
Government committee to investigate Warragamba Dam wall raising
An inquiry will be launched to examine the many question marks surrounding the proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall.
Greens defector teams up with One Nation to form inquiry into plans to raise Warragamba Dam wall
Greens defector Justin Field has teamed up with One Nation to push through a parliamentary inquiry into the government's controversial plan to raise...
Blue Mountains wilderness would be 'permanently' changed by raising dam wall, leak reveals
A leaked draft report has predicted world heritage areas of the Blue Mountains would be “permanently” changed by a controversial New South Wales government plan...
Blue Mountains World Heritage status on notice as report questions Warragamba Dam proposal
A UN report assessing the state of the Blue Mountains' World Heritage listing has raised "concerns" about the proposed raising of the Warragamba...
'Wonderland at risk' from higher dam walls
A draft environmental impact statement confirms the NSW government is planning to raise parts of the Warragamba Dam wall higher than was admitted...
Taking it Federal
If you missed it, the NSW Liberal Government was re-elected on Saturday. This only means one thing - to stop the flooding of...
Bone found at Warragamba Dam sparks controversy
A traditional owner says the NSW Government has failed to investigate the discovery of a bone in a "known burial ground", uncovered during...
Resident’s group accuses Premier of deception over Warragamba Dam
A WARRAGAMBA resident’s group has accused the NSW Premier of deceiving the community over plans to raise the Warragamba Dam wall.
Government's secret plan to raise Warragamba Dam wall by 17m
The Berejiklian government has developed secret plans to lift the height of Warragamba Dam more than publicly announced to take into account the...
NSW law allowing Blue Mountains flooding didn't follow due process, UNESCO told
The New South Wales government has been accused of not following due process when it passed legislation to allow flooding in the heritage-listed...
Campaign launch urges people of Warragamba to give a dam
THE Give a Dam campaign has been launched in an attempt to stop the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall.
Push for united alliance of councils to fight Warragamba Dam wall raising
Blue Mountains Council has called upon nearby councils to form a regional alliance opposing the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall. Push for alliance...
UNESCO worried about Warragamba Dam wall
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is concerned that plans to raise the Warragamba Dam wall in NSW could have "negative impacts" on the...
Warragamba Dam documentary to be shown in Springwood and Mt Victoria
A documentary revealing what’s at stake if the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall goes ahead, will be shown in Springwood on February 16....
Raising NSW dam wall 'good for developers'
A property in flood-prone land west of Sydney more than tripled in value after the NSW government announced its plan to raise Warragamba...
Blue Mountains Council opposes Warragamba Dam wall raising
Blue Mountains Council has formally opposed the NSW government’s plan to raise Warragamba Dam by 14 metres, which will flood parts of the...
Rallying the troops to crank up Warragamba Dam campaign
The campaign against the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall has stepped up a notch, with more than 20 events planned in coming...
Dam lies and dodgy facts
The NSW Government is feeling the pressure and has responded by publishing a flyer full of lies about raising Warragamba Dam wall. The...
Warragamba plan a 'sad state of affairs'
A former NSW government official has described the treatment of national parks under a plan to raise the wall of Warragamba Dam as...
Threatened bird at risk of NSW dam wall
Another threatened species has been found in the same area which could be flooded under the NSW government's plan to raise Warragamba Dam...
Bushwalkers bare all to stop proposed Warragamba Dam wall raising
More than 20 bushwalkers have bared all to support a community group objecting to the proposed raising of Warragamba Dam wall.
Warragamba Dam wall-raising forum draws interest
The proposed raising of the Warragamba Dam wall is one of the biggest issues facing Macarthur voters this election.
NSW great wilderness area at risk: expert
It's described as one of Australia's greatest wilderness areas but a wildlife expert warns the "biodiversity wonderland" could be destroyed by a plan...
Warragamba dam: NSW government urged by own advisory panel to reconsider plan
The New South Wales government is being urged by its own advisory panel to reconsider its plan to raise the Warragamba dam wall,...
Blue Mountains' world heritage significance 'at risk' under plan to raise dam wall, warns conservation group
The Blue Mountains are listed among Machu Picchu and the pyramids in world heritage significance — but that could be at risk, a...
Blue Mountains' heritage listing at risk
The Blue Mountains' world heritage listing could be threatened by a NSW government plan to raise Warragamba Dam wall.
'Significant impacts': Federal government issues Warragamba wall alert
The Berejiklian government's controversial plan to raise the height of the Warragamba dam is likely to have "significant impacts" on threatened species in...
Warning proves prescient over Sydney's hunger for housing
Answer me honestly. Does this sound like careful legislative process to you? Or does it sound like suspicious and indecent haste?
Greens warn of 'Franklin' campaign against Warragamba dam wall raising
The NSW Greens say a public campaign echoing the successful rescue of Tasmanian rivers from damming in the 1980s is needed to preserve...
'First salvo': Lines drawn as battle over raising Warragamba Dam begins
A multi-year fight has begun over the Berejiklian government's plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall amid claims opponents are risking hundreds of...
'An appalling attack': NSW Labor to oppose plan to raise Warragamba dam wall
New South Wales Labor will oppose plans to raise the wall of Warragamba dam, saying the government is pandering to developers at the...