Sydney's Secret Valleys

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Sydney's Secret Valleys

<p>Some fondly remember the Burragorang Valley as one of Sydney’s most picturesque valleys before it was flooded to build Warragamba Dam in 1960. Yet few know about the rivers that flow into this

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Some fondly remember the Burragorang Valley as one of Sydney’s most picturesque valleys before it was flooded to build Warragamba Dam in 1960. Yet few know about the rivers that flow into this reservoir that are so essential to Sydney’s clean drinking water. Learn about these southern Blue Mountains river valleys that include the Coxs, Kowmung, Nattai, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Warragamba rivers and their tributaries. Why do some fear for the future of these wild rivers? Why is there a movement against raising the Warragamba Dam wall? Will it threaten to extinguish many of these World Heritage listed pristine river valleys?


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Indigenous history of Burragorang Valley and its tributaries.
  • History of Warragamba Dam and the flooding of Burragorang Valley.
  • History of environmental protections for southern Blue Mountains river valleysfinalising with World Heritage listing in 2000.
  • Coxs, Kowmung, Nattai, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Warragamba rivers and their tributaries.
  • Threats that raising the Warragamba Dam will have on these pristine rivers systems.
  • Threats to Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the geography of the southern Blue Mountains and in particular its river system.
  2. Discuss the importance of existing wild rivers as in situ conservation measures for threatened wildlife and ecological communities.
  3. Discuss the implications of raising the Warragamba Dam wall for these ‘secret’, pristine, wild and world heritage listed rivers.