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.

Next Milestones - April for Review Recommendations

The release of the government review in how to manage flooding in Western Sydney is due in April, after the NSW state election. 

We fear that this review will recommend the raising of the dam at a time when political sensitivity to the electorate is low.

Colong Foundation Media Release : Raising Warragamba Dam Wall - Expensive, Ineffective and Environmentally Destructive

Raising the wall of Warragamba Dam by 23 metres to reduce downstream flooding -- as recommended in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Management Review -- would lead to the destruction of some of the most heavily-protected wilderness areas in Australia, yet still fail to eliminate the flood risks for western Sydney communities. 

Raising Warragamba Dam Wall - The Bushwalker Vol 38 issue 2

First published in "The Bushwalker".

For many bushwalkers reading about a proposal to raise Warragamba Dam by 23 metres will feel like a bad case of deja vu. In the 90’s bushwalkers were at the forefront of the three-year campaign against this proposal — rallying around its impact on the lower reaches of the Kowmung River. Despite winning that battle, with the incoming Carr Government dumping the plan, it appears the war is far from over.