I am disappointed that Council last night reversed the position it has held for decades, and declined to reaffirm its support for raising Warragamba Dam to provide flood mitigation to our valley, through the Notice of Motion I brought to the chamber.
As I said last night, this issue is too important for it not to have bi-partisan support.
The Mayor of the Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett voted against the motion.
In my opinion, the Mayor’s position as the chair of Council’s Flood Risk Advisory Committee is now untenable. In September last year, Council ratified new terms of reference and objectives of that committee, which specifically includes advocating for the flood mitigation strategies contained in the Hawkesbury Nepean Floodplain Review Taskforce report, Resilient Valley, Resilient Communities, ‘in partnership with relevant state agencies and stakeholders.’
That report’s signature capital flood mitigation initiative is raising Warragamba dam.
If the Mayor is unable to support the Committee’s objectives and show the leadership her predecessors offered on flood mitigation, then she cannot be its chair and she should resign from that committee.Joint Media release - Flood Mitigation