Tag Archives: water security

Cotter Dam Expansion drawing to a close

By 18 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Actew Water have announced the last roller compacted concrete has been laid on the expanded Cotter Dam.
Canberra’s great wall, the Enlarged Cotter Dam is nearing completion, with the final load of Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) laid in the early hours of Saturday morning.
This is a significant milestone for the ACT and Queanbeyan community who will [...]

Canberra’s water secured under the Murray Darling Basin Plan

By 23 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell is celebrating what he sees as a big win for Canberra’s water security under yesterday’s Murray Darling Basin Plan:
“The final plan shows that Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDL’s) will not be reduced from 40.5GL to 29GL as was proposed in an earlier draft plan, and this means that Canberrans will continue to enjoy water [...]

Your five showers a day now secured

By 25 October 2012

ACTEW Water have the happy news that the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline has been completed.
This means in an emergency we can outbid the farmers downriver for water allocations and suck it out of the Murray Darling system:
After just over 18 months the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline project is now complete. The project is part [...]

Water Security for 20 years


The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has announced the release of its draft report on Secondary water use in the ACT and has declared:
‘The ACT has now emerged from one of its worst droughts on record. Based on the major investments that are underway currently and the actions of the ACT community in reducing their [...]

Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline under construction

By 20 June 2011

Canberra’s leading movie makers Actew Corporation have released another one on the construction of their “M2G corridor”, known to us as the Murrumbidgee to Googone pipeline.
When complete it will let Canberra buy and store water out of the Snowy scheme, which is a handy thing to be able to do in times of drought.

Actew’s laying pipe

By 19 May 2011

Our power and water overlords advise the long awaited and rather important Murrumbidgee to Googong Water Transfer pipe is about to be laid.
Delivery of pipes for the Murrumbidgee to Googong Water Transfer will begin on Friday 20 May 2011 resulting in increased heavy vehicle traffic on Monaro Highway, Williamsdale Road and Angle Crossing Road.
Some [...]

The view from the top of the crane at the Cotter Dam


Actew have posted amazingly beautiful video taken from the top of one of the cranes at the Cotter Dam expansion:
ACTEW project director for the Enlarged Cotter Dam (& associated water security projects) Ian Carmody climbed to the top of a tower crane before sunrise to offer a birds eye view and commentary on the progress [...]

May’s construction update from the Cotter Dam expansion


Actew have produced one of their best videos on the scale of construction at the Cotter Dam enlargement construction site. 9km of habitat for Macquarie Perch!
Join us on site to see the activity during April and May 2011 at the Enlarged Cotter Dam, with a special focus on the work to create new habitat for [...]

More secure water also more expensive as prices rise

By 21 April 2011

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has announced it’s determination that water prices are going to be jumping 15%:
‘Increases in water and wastewater charges announced by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission reflect additional costs associated with water security projects being undertaken by ACTEW and reduced levels of demand for water over projections for the [...]

The Cotter Dam expansion observation platform

By 21 September 2010

[First filed: Sep 19, 2010 @ 22:01]

The Cotter Dam Discovery Trail was opened yesterday amid some hoopla which saw my name taken in vain on certain radio stations.
I went up today to experience the trail in the same way it’s going to be running for the duration of the construction.
Having parked where the old pub [...]

Cotter Dam discovery trail to open

By 9 September 2010

[ 18 September 2010 at 10:00 am; ] ACTEW’s announced you too can get up and have a look at the monster Cotter Dam expansion program.

Enjoy a day out at the Cotter, wander the new boardwalk along the river and grab a front row seat on the new amphitheatre style viewing platform to watch the live action at the Cotter Dam worksite. [...]

History lesson – Cotter Dam

By 6 June 2009

YouTube, thanks to “spinningreel” has thrown up a gem of a 6 minute doco on the history of the Cotter dam.
So many things I did not know about all the infrastructure out there.
And so re-assuring to see that cockups are nothing new.

Time to have a say on Cotter Dam enlargement

By 11 October 2008

The way taxpayer funded TV advertising would have you believe it the Cotter Dam expansion is already underway.
So I’m absolutely fascinated to see ACTEW slip out the door today, a Saturday, a call for public comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project.
So, either the project is actually still in a pre-approval phase, [...]

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