The previous dam site is a women’s sacred site. …

Comment on Flood mitigation: Don’t mention the dam by Jenny McFarland.

The previous dam site is a women’s sacred site. I was at some of the meetings about the proposed dam, and saw how much distress and anxiety the Arrernte women responsible for that site experienced.
Any ground disturbing activities at sacred sites would need sacred sites clearances – and are unlikely to be authorised by the right people for those sites.
There was also advice provided by engineers that a flood mitigation dam at that site would not work, and that scouring of the river was a risk.

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