The Hawkesbury Floods, March 2021

Some times it must feel like our community can't cop a trick. Devastating fires, pandemic and two floods, all within a 16 month period. Yet again, out of the distress and destruction of property has arisen the real spirit of our local community, which has rallied magnificently. The response of our SES, Police and RFS have been truly heroic, and they deserve our respect, as do those who…

Hawkesbury Council fails a test of leadership on flood safety

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…

A Google Earth Map of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River

In my role on Hawkesbury Council and the Hawkesbury River County Council, I've long sought a good visualisation of the entirety of the complete catchment of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, its feed-rivers, and a distinction between those parts of the catchment laying behind and downstream from Warragamba Dam. I couldn't find one, so I've made my own, gleaned from a variety of geospatial databases.……