Dams Safety NSW releases 2020-2021 Strategic Plan

Dams Safety NSW releases 2020-2021 Strategic Plan

Dam Safety NSW have launched their Strategic Plan 2020-2021 to help achieve their vision of safe dams for NSW.

Dams Safety NSW was established in November 2019 as an independent regulator to ensure the safety of public and privately-owned dams across the State.

Chris Salkovic, Dams Safety NSW’s Chief Executive Officer, said one of Dams Safety NSW’s key focus areas is to enable and support owners of declared dams to understand and fulfil their safety obligations under the Dams Safety Act 2015 and Dams Safety Regulation 2019.

“Until we were established last year, owners of large, declared dams could only be fined a maximum of $1100 for not adhering to safety standards put in place to protect communities. Now we can impose penalties of up to $1.1 million for corporations.

“There are about 400 declared dams in NSW, and dam safety management is fundamental to minimising risks to communities who live within their footprint.

“As a dam owner, you must have effective dam safety management actions in place to minimise the risk of a dam failing, and to protect life and property,” he said.

“Over the coming months Dams Safety NSW, in line with the strategic plan, will be contacting all owners of declared dams to raise awareness of new requirements to ensure that they are managing safety risks.

“We also want dam owners to know that our team is here to help and provide any advice and guidance that they may require. Dam owners can call us on (02) 9842 8073 or email us at info@damsafety.nsw.gov.au,” Mr Salkovic.

Dam Safety NSW is governed by an independent board of six members. The Board is responsible for setting Dams Safety NSW’s strategic aims and ensuring compliance with relevant Government policies.

The 2020-2021 Strategic Plan can be found on the Dam Safety NSW website here: https://www.damsafety.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/DS001_Strategic-Plan-.pdf

Source: NSW Government

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