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Behold the Cotter Dam

By johnboy - 8 April 2013 17

cotter dam

It might be over budget and over due, but Actew Water have tweeted what is undoubtedly a bloody big wall.

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17 Responses to
Behold the Cotter Dam
EvanJames 4:38 pm 08 Apr 13

Roundhead89 said :

That doesn’t look safe to me. The wall is far too high and the pressure of the water on it might prove to be too much to hold back.

Yes, it’s a well-known fact that dams don’t work. Just look at that Hoover dam in the US. Any day now…

caf 4:35 pm 08 Apr 13

Roundhead89 said :

That doesn’t look safe to me. The wall is far too high and the pressure of the water on it might prove to be too much to hold back.

Well played, sir. This piece of satire was small, yet perfectly formed.

Heavs 4:24 pm 08 Apr 13

Roundhead89 said :

That doesn’t look safe to me. The wall is far too high and the pressure of the water on it might prove to be too much to hold back.

Totally agree. Looking at a photo from my desk makes me infinitely more qualified than the multitude of engineers who’ve been working on it for years and years.

Roundhead89 3:24 pm 08 Apr 13

That doesn’t look safe to me. The wall is far too high and the pressure of the water on it might prove to be too much to hold back.

c_c™ 2:50 pm 08 Apr 13

shauno said :

I hope we are allowed to go fishing in it be great for that. Just like we can in Googong.

No. It will never be. That concession for Googong was only made because the catchment has dodgy water already.

Diggety said :

shauno said :

Diggety said :

Was there ever any talk of increasing the hydroelectric capacity too?

It never was a hydro dam its purely drinking water

Ah, ok. I take it this never went ahead then! http://apps.actpla.act.gov.au/tplan/VARIATIO/dv162/Finalv162.pdf

It did, but they integrated the mini-hydro into the Stromlo treatment plant and Googong outlet instead.

Diggety 2:46 pm 08 Apr 13

shauno said :

Diggety said :

Was there ever any talk of increasing the hydroelectric capacity too?

It never was a hydro dam its purely drinking water

Ah, ok. I take it this never went ahead then! http://apps.actpla.act.gov.au/tplan/VARIATIO/dv162/Finalv162.pdf

shauno 2:19 pm 08 Apr 13

Diggety said :

Was there ever any talk of increasing the hydroelectric capacity too?

It never was a hydro dam its purely drinking water

shauno 2:17 pm 08 Apr 13

I hope we are allowed to go fishing in it be great for that. Just like we can in Googong.

Diggety 2:11 pm 08 Apr 13

Was there ever any talk of increasing the hydroelectric capacity too?

JC 2:09 pm 08 Apr 13

shauno said :

I like it its probably the biggest civil engineering project in Australia outside of the Oil and Gas and Mining industrys and hopefully when Labor gets the boot in September a lot more of these projects will be happening.

Yah dreaming. The liberals never build for the future, they only care about winning the next election. Just look at what they are planning on doing to the NBN.

EvanJames 1:31 pm 08 Apr 13

I remember the night, back when it used to rain, when it all spilled over and O’Sullivan’s consternation about that.

shauno 1:26 pm 08 Apr 13

I like it its probably the biggest civil engineering project in Australia outside of the Oil and Gas and Mining industrys and hopefully when Labor gets the boot in September a lot more of these projects will be happening.

Thumper 1:12 pm 08 Apr 13

Does anyone else look at this and think ‘Death Star’?

c_c™ 1:01 pm 08 Apr 13

I’d have to agree, RCC never makes for pretty structure. It’s cheap and strong. They could have easily done an arch of gravity-arch hybrid, but it would take longer and cost more. Given all the kvetching about cost already, I don’t think Canberran’s would have stood for it even if in a hundred years, people realised it looks better.

dpm 11:57 am 08 Apr 13

While dams aren’t usually graded on their attractiveness, I think it’s fair to say, if they were, this one would currently be categorised as ‘The ugly duckling’ of dams!

Good work getting it finished though – it’ll still do the job regardless of my comment above! 🙂

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