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Stuart Ayres attacks NSW Government agencies over criticism of Warragamba EIS
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
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.
Cost of Warragamba Dam raising more than doubles
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...
Inquiry to hear corruption allegations against Warragamba Dam contractor
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
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
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
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
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
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...