Dick Smith: Let’s not raise the dam so that we can have more people in Sydney, let’s actually not have more people in Sydney

Australian entrepreneur, Dick Smith, has thrown his support behind the campaign to save the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area from a NSW Government proposal to raise Warragamba dam wall. Raising the dam wall would flood up to 65 kilometres of wild rivers and streams within the World Heritage Area to justify new urban sprawl across western Sydney floodplains.

Mr Smith spoke to the campaign with veteran environmentalist Bob Brown on a helicopter flight over the southern Blue Mountains wilderness that would be flooded by raising the dam wall.

Hawkesbury City Council votes down motion to support raising Warragamba Dam wall

Hawkesbury City Council last night voted down a motion to support the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall. Councilors voted 5-7 to reject a Liberal motion to support the dam wall raising, with numerous Councillors voicing concern that they were being asked to vote on a proposal they knew very little about.

MEDIA RELEASE: Bob Brown and Bob Debus to launch campaign to save Blue Mountains wild rivers

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness will be launching its Wild Rivers Campaign in the Blue Mountains later this month. Dr Bob Brown and Bob Debus AM have thrown their support behind the conservation group’s push to save 65 kilometres of World Heritage Listed wild rivers from the proposed raising of Warragamba Dam wall.

Sydney's Mountain Rivers feature in Bush Walking Australia Magazine

Protecting Australia’s wild rivers was a seminal time in the nation’s environmental consciousness. The Franklin River campaign of the 1980s saw the nation come together to save Tasmania’s unique wild rivers and wilderness areas. Unfortunately, some of Australia’s most pristine wild rivers are again under threat.


Warragamba Dam plan puts Blue Mountains World Heritage Area at risk: environmentalists

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is under threat if the state government’s plans to raise the Warragamba Dam wall proceed, environmentalists warn.

"Raising the dam will destroy unique environments within the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, including the pristine Kowmung River wilderness,” said Harry Burkitt from the Colong Foundation.

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