New documentary on Warragamba Dam wall raising to premiere in Wollondilly

Iconic location: Burragorang Valley will be flooded if Warragamba Dam wall is raised. Picture: Simon Bennett
Iconic location: Burragorang Valley will be flooded if Warragamba Dam wall is raised. Picture: Simon Bennett

A new documentary has been made showcasing what could be lost if state government plans to raise the Warragamba Dam Wall are approved.

The film showcases the beauty of the Blue Mountains National Park and the impact raising Warragamba Dam wall would have on the world heritage area.

GIVE A DAM campaign manager Harry Burkitt said GIVE A DAM: Flooding the Blue Mountains was an enjoyable and informative movie.

“Upstream, we have the environmental and cultural destruction associated with raising Warragamba Dam - the national parks, the dreamtime stories, the world heritage area," he said.

"Downstream we have the western Sydney community that is currently bursting at the seams from overdevelopment, which raising the dam wall will greatly exacerbate.

“This film brings these issues together into an enjoyable 50-minute documentary screening.

“Whether you are still deciding your position on the dam, or if you are one of our strongest supporters, the film provides a thought-provoking insight on issue.”

The documentary features Gundungurra traditional land owners, Professor Stuart Khan, Professor Jamie Pittock and several bird experts.

NSW Greens MP Justin Field and NSW Deputy Labor Leader Penny Sharpe also feature in the film.

The NSW Government has proposed to raise the dam wall by 14 metres to reduce flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean valley.

The government's environmental impact statement for the plan is expected to be released this year.

The documentary will be launched at the Wollondilly Council building, Picton on March 6 from 6pm.

It will also be screened at the Warragamba Workers Club from 6pm on March 12.

Each screening will include guest speakers and a question and answer forum. Registration is required.

For more information and registration, visit giveadam.org.au/events.