Enlarging dam wall could flood Aboriginal cultural sites

ABC Radio - If a proposal to add 14 metres to the height of the wall of a dam west of Sydney is approved, Aborigines fear that a culturally important waterhole will be flooded and lost forever.

Sitting in the lower reaches of the Blue Mountains, at the southern end of Lake Burragorang — the lake created when Warragamba Dam was built in the 1960s — the waterhole is in the middle of a well-trodden path: the push-and-pull between progress and protecting indigenous history.

While the dam is currently used only to supply water to Sydney, the New South Wales government wants to raise the dam wall by 14 metres for flood mitigation in the highly flood prone areas of north-west and western Sydney.

“The first time around they flooded a good 80 per cent of our sites … and now they want to take what's left," says Kazan Brown, a Gundungurra nation traditional owner and Elder.
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