What should I say in my message to Matt?
- Most importantly, tell Matt you don't agree with the raising of Warragamba Dam wall
- Tell him why he shouldn't approve the dam
- Ask for a meeting as a local constituent to discuss his position on the dam project
- Tell him that that the environmental assessment that has been prepared for the dam project is inadequate
- For more information, contact us at [email protected] or on (02) 9261 2400
Why is raising Warragamba Dam a bad idea?
Raising the Warragamba dam wall is a clear breach of Australia’s obligations under the World Heritage Convention. It would destroy:
- 65 kilometres of wilderness rivers, including the Kowmung River - a declared ‘Wild River’, protected for its pristine condition under the National Parks and Wildlife Act
- Habitat for critically endangered species including the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater and Sydney’s last Emu population.
- Over 1541 cultural heritage sites being inundated if the dam wall proceeded. Gundungurra Traditional Owners don't support the dam, and have asked Rob not to proceed with the project.
- There are many alternative options to raising the Warragamba Dam wall that would protect existing floodplain communities. A combined approach has been recommended as the most cost-effective means of flood risk mitigation that includes limiting development on floodplains, building new evacuation roads and lowering the existing level of Warragamba Dam.