The NSW government is experiencing a backlash over plans permit flooding in a world heritage area.A public campaign is brewing after the NSW government passed legislation to allow the flooding of world heritage-listed land in the Blue Mountains.
The bill, which passed the lower house late on Wednesday night, is part of a plan to raise the wall of Warragamba Dam which the NSW government believes will reduce and manage flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.
Critics have condemned the move as “blatant disregard” for an n world heritage site.
Community group Give A Dam spokesman Harry Burkitt warns the state government will have a “serious fight” on its hands if it pushes ahead.
“It is unbelievable to think in this day in age a government would legalise the flooding of a world heritage area and not consider alternative flood mitigation measures to protect downstream communities,” Mr Burkitt said in statement on Thursday.
The NSW Greens warned the state government to expect a Franklin Dam-like campaign to save the world heritage listed Blue Mountains area.
Fierce backlash from conservationists and protesters in the 1980s stopped the Franklin project in Tasmania from going ahead with led to the formation of the Greens as a political party.
The NSW government legislation, which was introduced to the upper house in September, permits flooding of the national park through a “controlled release” which will allow the dam wall to then be raised by about 14 metres.
An environmental impact statement for the project is yet to be released which will then be subject to state government approval before it’s given the green light.