The Colong Foundation has today welcomed comments made by John Barilaro on Sky News that alternatives need be considered instead of raising the Warragamba Dam wall, which include keeping water levels at the dam lower during wet periods.
In an interview on Sky News
, Mr Barilaro said that "it's the largest single project you will see in the world, raising a dam by 14 metres. It's an engineering feat that hasn't been seen before."
"There is a lot of debate around the heritage area and there is a lot of opposition."
"I think there are options. If you can't achieve the wall raising, then you have to look at other alternatives, and the other alternative would be to leave the water levels at a lower level and maybe consider desalination mark II. There are other solutions.
"There is a lot of detail of what is happening at Warragamba. It's not just an idea of releasing or building."
Harry Burkitt of the GIVE A DAM Campaign said the Deputy Premier was "spot on" and unlike Stuart Ayres, had clearly been listening to flood experts and not floodplain developers.
"Big floods can't be stopped, no matter the height of the Warragamba Dam wall.
"Stuart Ayres' obscene politicking in the middle of a crisis shows callous disregard to the residents on the floodplain affected by decades of flood mitigation neglect."