Central West New South Wales
In early November 2021, heavy rains and riverine flooding threatened to cause havoc and damage across the region of our Cowal operation. On November 11, all eyes were on Wyangala Dam in the Lachlan Valley as significant rainfall had refilled the reservoir and threatened to exceed storage capacity. The next day, the dam was spilling over with Forbes and Condobolin expecting the Lachlan River to continue to rise in the coming days. As such, Cowal workers rushed to support our communities.
To protect properties and community members most in danger from the rising dam and Lachlan River, a group of more than ten Cowal team members supported emergency services by filling sandbags. At the time, there were concerns that rain inflows were expected to increase to a peak of 65-70 gigalitres, endangering the community. Many thanks go to our volunteers across the entire Cowal Operation, including from Sustainability, Commercial, and Finance whose proactive community engagement ensured some protection. The efforts shown by Cowal attracted the attention of WIN News Central West.