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Australia's oldest wilderness advocate changes its name

April 12, 2022

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has today changed its name to the Australian Foundation for Wilderness. It will be conducting its campaigns under the shortened title, Wilderness Australia.

Flood experts condemn Stuart Ayres on Warragamba Dam

March 03, 2022

Australia's leading flood experts have hit-out at claims made by minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, that raising Warragamba Dam would alleviate downstream flood risk.

Lower Blue Mountains voters don't support Sarah Richards' position on Warragamba Dam

February 20, 2022

Residents of the lower Blue Mountains have said they are seriously alarmed that Sarah Richards, the Liberal candidate for the marginal seat of Macquarie, is actively trying to secure funding to raise the Warragamba Dam wall and put the World Heritage Listing of the Blue Mountains...

UNESCO advises Warragamba Dam should not be raised

February 20, 2022

UNESCO has criticised the “inappropriate” proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall by 14 metres, warning the current plans have not addressed key concerns in a Technical Review undertaken by its scientific advisors at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Stuart Ayres attacks NSW Government agencies over criticism of Warragamba EIS

February 20, 2022

Despite blistering criticism from NSW Government agencies on Tuesday regarding the severe inadequacies of the Warragamba Dam raising EIS, Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, has today confirmed on 2GB radio that construction will proceed on the raising of Warragamba Dam wall regardless. Stuart Ayres said on the Ben Fordham radio...

Warragamba Dam EIS release next step in farcical process

September 29, 2021

Today's 4,000 page release of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the raising of Warragamba Dam is "simply the latest act in an ongoing political farce", Harry Burkitt, General Manager at the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said. 

John Barilaro is right on Warragamba Dam

March 23, 2021

The Colong Foundation has today welcomed comments made by John Barilaro on Sky News that alternatives need be considered instead of raising the Warragamba Dam wall, which include keeping water levels at the dam lower during wet periods.

'Raising Warragamba Dam won’t stop flooding': former Emergency Services Minister

March 21, 2021

In an event that has recurred over centuries, a very serious flood is disrupting communities, again placing people and property in peril across the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.

Cost of Warragamba Dam raising more than doubles

March 01, 2021

Documents obtained under freedom of information from October 2019 (attached) show that the cost of raising the Warragamba Dam has more than doubled to $1.6 billion. The document’s release comes after Minster Ayres and Infrastructure NSW have repeatedly stood-by their figure of $700 million for the project under...

Traditional Owners call for moratorium on Warragamba Dam raising proposal

December 10, 2020

Yesterday, the Parliamentary Committee examining the destruction of Jukkan Gorge handed down its interim findings, which included the following (selected) recommendations:  

Inquiry to hear corruption allegations against Warragamba Dam contractor

November 06, 2020

Beginning at 9:30am this morning, the NSW Upper House Inquiry into the proposed raising of the Warragamba Dam wall will hear allegations of corruption, bribery and indigenous rights abuses against SMEC Engineering. The company was chosen by the NSW Government to undertake the multi-million...

Experts label Minister Ayres 'misleading and irresponsible' over flood claims

October 26, 2020

A former SES Deputy Director-General and Australian National University Professor have slammed comments from the Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, on Seven News tonight about flooding in western Sydney, labelling him 'misleading and irresponsible'. Former SES Deputy Director-General, Dr Chas Keys, said Minister Ayres should "listen...

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Advocating as 'Wilderness Australia'
Formerly The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd
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