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Balmain locals lend a hand to the Hawkesbury

By KATE RAFFERTY At the time of the Hawkesbury floods, the Warragamba Dam was spilling a Sydney Harbour’s worth of water, about 460 gigalitres, into the Sydney basin each day. While that flood water from the Hunter-Nepean Valley filled the dam, rain battered the NSW coast, washing away homes, businesses and land. As the devastation […]

Water water everywhere and not a drop to spare

BY JOHN MOYLE Summer is almost here and is already shaping up to be a scorcher and the question of whether or not we will have water restrictions looms large again. Metropolitan Sydney draws its water supply from a series of dams located outside the city, with around 80 per cent coming from Warragamba. Every […]

Of Stakhanovite cows and great nation-building projects

If you were a kid in Sydney in the the early 1950s – as I was – there were two worthy educational outings you could have avoided only by premature death – the Rotolactor and the Warragamba Dam construction site. The Rotolactor, which started rotating in 1952, was the ultimate in modern milking machinery. It […]