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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...

Australia's biggest insurer withdraws support for Warragamba Dam

October 23, 2020

IAG's chairwoman, Elizabeth Bryan, this morning told the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) AGM that discussions with the Colong Foundation for Wilderness and others had made it clear that "a decision to raise the height of the Warragamba Dam wall could well result in the...

Thirty Indigenous families and individuals tell Federal Minister 'no consent' for Warragamba Dam

September 14, 2020

After explosive Federal Government leaks in the ABC on Saturday, Traditional Owners from Western Sydney have reiterated that they do not give Free, Prior and Informed Consent for the Warragamba Dam wall raising to proceed in a letter to Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt.

Shareholders demand IAG board come clean on protecting koalas and Indigenous cultural sites

September 09, 2020

The Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has officially announced to the ASX that a resolution lodged by its shareholders to protect World Heritage sites will be put to a vote at its AGM in October.

Stuart Ayres' real agenda exposed in 2015 video found on Penrith developer's website

August 21, 2020

It can be revealed that in 2015 Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, stood next to a flood marker in his electorate of Penrith and said urban development would occur “as far as the eye can see” across the Hawkesbury low-lands, adding "the scale of...

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