Monday, April 22, 2024

Hawkesbury council to “carefully consider” Warragamba dam proposal

Hawkesbury City Council Mayor, Patrick Conolly says Council will carefully review an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as part of NSW Government plans to raise the height of the Warragamba Dam wall.

Mr Conolly said Council welcomed the release of the EIS to the public.

Release of this important document for public comment allows Council and the community to understand the potential impacts this project would have on the Hawkesbury region, as well as upstream from the dam, he said.

Mayor Conolly said Council would now “carefully review” the EIS before forming a position on the Warragamba Dam wall proposal.

“As a region downstream from the dam we need to be very mindful of the potential impacts from flooding, and the impacts to the environment. The flood events in February 2020 and March 2021 served as a reminder of the types of significant impacts that flooding has on our community,” Mayor Conolly said.

“Council will now review the EIS and will consider its formal position on the project in time to make a submission to WaterNSW.”

The EIS is on public exhibition for 45 days from Wednesday, 29 September.

Additional information on the project was made available from today at www.waternsw.com.au/wdr and includes a virtual engagement room, videos and animations.

WaterNSW will also be hosting a series of online information sessions during the exhibition period, the details of which will be published on the web site.

The EIS can be viewed at www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/10571

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