Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness threatened by dam

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Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness threatened by dam

Post by T2 » 26 Jun 2018, 17:03

This is a little off-topic, so apologies, but given the Blue Mountains is the heart of Australian canyoning this will be relevant to a lot of you.

The NSW Government is currently producing detailed plans to raise the wall of Warragamba dam to provide flood mitigation downstream (the North West Growth Centre, where 250,000 new residents are meant to live, is largely on the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain). The result will be huge environmental damage to thousands of hectares of World Heritage Listed wilderness in the southern Blue Mountains. Many of you will have walked in these spectacular areas, such as the lower Kowmung, that are directly threatened.

I've written the following article for The Guardian that not only outlines this issue, but also highlights its broader significance: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... whats-safe

Basically, if the NSW Government can get away with destroying some of the most heavily protected, internationally-recognised, environmentally-significant wilderness areas for the sake of downstream development, then none of our precious wild places will be safe.

If this is of interest to you, please take a moment to visit the campaign website (https://www.wildrivers.org.au/) and sign up to support the fight to protect our beautiful Blue Mountains.



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Re: Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness threatened by dam

Post by johnf » 28 Jun 2018, 20:28

Thanks for sharing this link to The Guardian article.

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