Maree Abood

Building Infrastructure

Infrastructure NSW
Premier and Cabinet

Maree Abood - Building Infrastructure recipientMaree successfully led the delivery of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy. Due to its topography, the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley (including Penrith and Windsor) has the greatest flood risk in NSW, if not Australia. Flooding in the Valley, similar to the 2011 floods in Queensland, would require the evacuation of over 64,000 people and cause $2 billion economic damages. In early 2014, the Government established the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Management Taskforce, co-ordinated by Infrastructure NSW and involving 13 government agencies to address this flood risk to life and property. The outcome of the Taskforce’s work is Government approval of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy, announced in the 2016 – 17 Budget. Significantly, this strategy includes raising the Warragamba Dam wall by around 14 metres to reduce risk to life and the expected economic damages by 75%.