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Why we shouldn’t raise the Warragamba Dam wall

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In June, the NSW Government’s plan to raise the Warragamba dam wall grew by 3m. It is now a proposal to increase the dam wall height by 17 metres, originally 14 metres was proposed, to reduce the risk of flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley. The additional three metres is to
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Five heritage haunts in New South Wales that Millennials will love

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New South Wales has no end of extraordinary places to visit if you love spectacular natural, cultural and built heritage. Plus, you can certainly keep your physical distance if you explore regional locations. Here’s our top five locations for that guys, girls or couples getaway. 1. Yarrongabilly Caves Located in
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Make Sure Manyana is Safe

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A group of Manyana locals have been fighting to save 20 hectares of unburnt native forest, an important refuge for plants and animals impacted by the recent bushfires. It has been estimated 80 per cent of the land area of the Shoalhaven was burnt or impacted by the Black Summer
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Raise a Wall, Erase Indigenous Heritage

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According to Journeys in Time 1809 – 1822, a project between Macquarie University Library and the State Library of New South Wales, Gundungurra country extended from the Blue Mountains at Hartley and Lithgow through the Burragorang and Megalong Valleys, east at least as far as the Nepean River. In the
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Heritage is at Risk in the Blue Mountains

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I have the very good fortune to live in the majestic Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains comprises a chain of historic villages that stretch along a narrow sandstone plateaux in the midst of seven National Parks, which contain globally significant biodiversity. This area is a unique part of New South
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The Heritage Lexicon: What does heritage conservation mean? 

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We often read in the media, or see on TV celebrities professing to be a restoration expert, that they are preserving our history and conserving our past. However, each of these terms actually means something very different. What does heritage conservation really mean? The Burra Charter is the guiding document
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Is it time to go for the North Sydney MLC Building?

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Completed in 1956 to a design by leading architects Bates Smart and McCutcheon, the shining North Sydney MLC was opened with much fanfare by the then Prime Minister of Australia, Robert Menzies. Standing opposite the 1889 Post Office, Court House and Police Station designed by NSW Colonial Architect James Barnet
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Leading Heritage into the Future

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Here are a few choice phrases I often hear when I mention that I am the leader of a heritage conservation charity: ‘Aren’t they just buildings – why do they matter?’ ‘Heritage….so that’s just a history thing, focused on the past.’ ‘Oh so you’re the people that get in the
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Heritage at The Rocks

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What we know as The Rocks in Sydney has a much earlier name: Tallawoladah. This was the name given this area, of what we now know as Sydney, by the original custodians of the land – the Cadigal people. The rocky headland to the west of Sydney Cove (known as
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