Asbestos closes dam viewing platform

One of Warragamba Dam’s viewing platforms has been closed after asbestos material was found at the Eighteenth Street lookout.

Fragments of sheeting material containing asbestos were found when Sydney Water, WaterNSW and the Rural Fire Service closed the area to conduct a hazard reduction burn in May.

A Sydney Water spokesman said the organisation was now undertaking a full site assessment and was developing a remediation plan to make the site safe.

He said the investigation included a much wider area than just the platform as a precaution. 

“We hope to be able to re-open the platform in late December following the remediation,” the spokesman said.

He said Sydney Water did not know where the material came from.

“It is possible that it was either dumped or was part of residential buildings that were demolished to make way for the platform,” the spokesman said.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said the relevant organisations were committed to re-opening the viewing platform as soon as it was safe for the public.

“I would like to see the platform re-opened for summer so residents and tourists can see the wonderful dam,” he said.

A short drive from the dam through Warragamba town, the lookout provides a view of the auxiliary spillway and a distant view of Warragamba Dam wall. 

While the lookout is closed, visitors wishing to view Warragamba Dam can still go to Terrace Grounds on weekends between 10am to 4pm. 

Other viewing platforms inside the dam grounds that provide views of the upstream face of the dam and Lake Burragorang are open daily from 8am to 5pm.