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Should the walls of Warragamba Dam be raised?

Luke Grant

Dr Ian Wright, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Western Sydney University, joins Luke Grant to discuss whether the raising of Warragamba Dam walls should be a priority in light of the wild weather lashing NSW which some have labelled a once-in-a-generation event.

 

“While raising the dam wall has some merit, there is a massive urgent need for better flood-proof infrastructure”, says Dr Wright.

 

“The new Windsor Bridge built last year has flooded leaving thousands of people stranded on the other side of the river.”

 

“Landslides and fallen trees have left the communities of Wilberforce, North Richmond & Kurrajong isolated.   As a society in Western Sydney we have forgotten how to safely live on a flood plain.”

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