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 Friday, August 16.

The meeting has been organised by Blue Mountains and Wollondilly councils, who have called on the state government to extend the community consultation period for the Cultural Heritage Assessment for the Warragamba Dam wall proposal.

Protect environment and culture: A protest in Katoomba in June against the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall drew hundreds of people.

Protect environment and culture: A protest in Katoomba in June against the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall drew hundreds of people.

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill, said: "To ensure the consultation process on the dam project is adequately undertaken, Blue Mountains and Wollondilly councils are helping to facilitate a public consultation session with Traditional Owners to hear their concerns about the proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall and the recently released Cultural Heritage Assessment.

"The cultural heritage of the landscapes upstream and downstream of the Warragamba Dam are extremely valuable to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in our Local Government Areas.

"Given that the cultural assessment study area is over 4000 hectares in size, and the draft assessment is over 2000 pages in length, our councils request that a further eight weeks consultation time be provided to Traditional Owners and the community to respond."

The councils have called on Director of Strategic Water Planning at Infrastructure NSW, Maree Abood, to attend the community consultation event to hear concerns from the community about the Cultural Heritage Assessment.

"I urge residents of the region to join this community consultation event with Traditional Owners to voice their concerns," Cr Greenhill said.

The community consultation event with be held at Faulconbridge Community Hall on August 16 from 7pm.

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