RE­DUC­ING FLOOD RISK IN WESTERN SYD­NEY

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politician Say -

As some­one who has suf­fered the tragedy of flood­ing first hand, I am in­cred­i­bly proud that our gov­ern­ment plans to raise the wall of Syd­ney’s War­ragamba Dam and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the flood risk in the Hawkes­bury-Ne­pean Val­ley. 24 years ago dur­ing the last ma­jor flood in the Hawkes­bury, my par­ents were con­fronted with a me­tre of wa­ter through their own home. It was a sit­u­a­tion that had been re­peated al­most ev­ery decade for the pre­vi­ous 50 years and af­fected many fam­i­lies in the Hawkes­bury Ne­pean re­gion. To help keep Western Syd­ney safe from floods, the NSW Gov­ern­ment will plan to raise the War­ragamba Dam wall by 14 me­tres, which will of­fer sig­nif­i­cant ex­tra pro­tec­tion for town­ships down­stream, in­clud­ing Wind­sor, Rich­mond and parts of Pen­rith. Rais­ing the dam wall by 14 me­tres will en­sure the risk of se­ri­ous flood­ing in this area is sig­nif­i­cantly min­i­mized. The es­ti­mated cost of this project is $690 mil­lion and in this year’s Bud­get, $58 mil­lion will be al­lo­cated to the first phase. This area has been iden­ti­fied as hav­ing the great­est flood risk in NSW, and pos­ing a se­ri­ous dan­ger to life and prop­erty in Western Syd­ney. This cru­cial in­vest­ment is be­ing made so we can re­duce the risk to peo­ple, an­i­mals and prop­erty in the event of se­ri­ous flood­ing. This in­vest­ment un­der­scores our com­mit­ment to mak­ing the right long term in­fra­struc­ture de­ci­sions for NSW. The rec­om­men­da­tion to the NSW Gov­ern­ment to raise the dam wall was de­vel­oped over four years, and re­quired de­tailed, time con­sum­ing and cut­ting edge mod­el­ling of thousands of flood­ing, evac­u­a­tion sce­nar­ios.

NSW BUD­GET: $108 MIL­LION BUS BOOST

Dou­ble decker buses will serve some of Syd­ney’s busiest routes, and around 3,800 ex­tra weekly ser­vices will be added as part of a $108 mil­lion in­vest­ment in new buses in the 2016-17 NSW Bud­get.

The 80 seat dou­ble deck­ers can carry 65 per cent more ca­pac­ity than nor­mal size buses, and will be used on key cor­ri­dors in­clud­ing the busy Rouse Hill-City ser­vice (route 607X), be­tween Black­town and Mac­quarie Park (route 611). Since com­ing to of­fice in 2011, the NSW Gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered more than 15,800 ex­tra weekly pub­lic trans­port ser­vices for cus­tomers where and when they’re needed most. As part of this year’s Bud­get com­mit­ment, there will be 12 new or ex­tended routes in­clud­ing a new cross sub­ur­ban link be­tween the In­ner West and Lower North Shore, all night ser­vices seven days a week in­clud­ing Rouse Hill on week­ends. The Bud­get also in­cludes funds to re­place older buses with new ac­ces­si­ble, air con­di­tioned buses. Trans­port for NSW will now work with in­dus­try over the com­ing months to fi­nalise an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan for the en­tire pack­age of work. This will in­clude fur­ther de­tail on how many dou­ble decker buses will be used, the roll­out plan, re­place­ment bus sched­ule, ex­act num­ber of new trips, routes and when they will be im­ple­mented.

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS

50th Wed­ding An­niver­sary Mr Alex and Mrs Glenys Cooney Mr Fran­cis and Mrs El­iz­a­beth Gatt Mr John and Mrs Su­san Her­bert

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