Chris Minns commits to scrapping plan to raise Warragamba Dam wall
NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns has committed to scrapping the plan to raise the Warragamba Dam Wall.
An internal document by Water NSW has shone a light on the actual costs of raising the Warragamba wall, which are:
- It can be done for $1.6 billion.
- Water bills will stay the same.
- It can be done in just 4 years.
- And if it’s completed, almost 75,000 fewer Western Sydney residents will have to evacuate in the event of a flood.
However, Chris Minns disagrees and is still considering adopting a policy of keeping water 12m below the dam level. But according to the leaked document, this will:
- Cost $1 billion to modify the current floodgate.
- $3.5 – 4 billion is needed to build a new desalination plant to meet Sydney’s drinking water demands.
- Modifications will take six years to be completed.
- Only 56,000 fewer Western Sydney residents will have to evacuate if a flood hits – compared to 75,000 if the wall is raised.
- Labor’s potential plan will see $130 added to every annual household bill.
Mr Minns told Jim Wilson that Labor’s plan is the most effective.
“I don’t think [raising the wall] is a good cost-effective way of dealing with things.”
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