State government says no action will be taken to close Wangi Road despite 'low probability' of earthquake affecting Eraring ash dam

BUSY: More than 11,000 vehicles travel on Wangi Road daily.
BUSY: More than 11,000 vehicles travel on Wangi Road daily.

NO ACTION will be taken by the NSW government with regard to Wangi Road, despite the threat from Eraring power station's ash dam forcing the closure of Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. 

Questions about the safety of the road arose after the NSW Office of Sport closed the centre last month on advice of Eraring owner Origin Energy, which had identified risks with the ash dam in the event of a major earthquake.

Stunned Lake Macquarie residents were left asking how Wangi Road could remain open in light of the closure, given it is closer to the ash dam than the sport and recreation centre.

Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. Picture: David Stewart

Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. Picture: David Stewart

The Newcastle Herald revealed in the days after the closure that Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) had not had any dialogue with Origin Energy before or immediately after the shutdown.

The RMS sought clarification on Wangi Road and met with the company last Friday to view its unreleased engineering report outlining risks with the dam. 

However, the RMS says there is no need to take action given the "low probability" of the "extreme event".

"Roads and Maritime has received a copy of the engineering reports for the ash dam and will review these reports," a spokesman said.

"Wangi Road is an important route on the western side of Lake Macquarie, with more than 11,000 vehicles travelling along the road each day.

"As the risk highlighted by Origin is for an extreme event with low probability, Wangi Road will remain open."

The roads department's view of the threat is in stark contrast to the Office of Sport, which closed the Myuna Bay centre without any warning or consultation with the local member of parliament, the council or the community.

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