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Cotter dam expansion rolls on

By johnboy - 25 October 2009 28

It’s Thursday’s news, but it bears repeating.

Peter Garrett has announced his approval of the gargantuan cotter dam expansion project.

“This is a good outcome—it provides water security for the Canberra region and at the same time the stringent conditions I have imposed will ensure that threatened species will be properly protected.” Minister Garrett said.

“The species of particular concern to me in this instance are the Murray cod and the Macquarie perch. ACTEW will fund and implement a fish management plan to ensure any impacts on the Macquarie perch are acceptable.

“Road crossings upstream will be modified to allow access to additional spawning habitat for the Macquarie perch. ACTEW will also create and install artificial habitat suited to the species.

With the cost blowing out from an originally projected ~$100 million to ~300 million does anyone want to guess where the final price will finish up?

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Cotter dam expansion rolls on
James-T-Kirk 2:18 pm 26 Oct 09

JC said :

Actually if you look at the dam stats you will see the Cotter and Bendora dams have been 100% full for some time. Now considering these are being topped up by Corin which has reminded static I would say that the catchment in this area is healthy, so will rise and fill the enlarged Cotter over time.

Hang on – the festering bucket of mouldy water in my back yard has been full as well – (as long as the dog hasn’t knocked it over again!)

Your point is?????

James-T-Kirk 2:13 pm 26 Oct 09

Who cares what it costs – It will be so worth it if is irritates the NIMBYS!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:02 pm 26 Oct 09

FFS – just buy 100GL from Tatangara and let it flow down to Corin, and then pump it across to Googong. I’m getting sick of hearing the neighbours whinging when I hose my driveway.

Thumper 1:42 pm 26 Oct 09

I heard that the head of Actew has put his job on the line for both cost and completion dates? That’s a pretty fair indication that the ‘estimates’ are pretty spot on…

Aspiration target anyone?

sepi 1:33 pm 26 Oct 09

Bring it on. I am soooooooo over water restrictions.

chewy14 1:08 pm 26 Oct 09

Grail said :

For the money, they could install large water tanks for every home in Canberra to use for washing clothes and flushing toilets.

Actually no they couldn’t
70GL divided by 110000 homes would be a 600KL tank in every home for the same storage capacity.

icantbelieveitsnotbu 11:37 am 26 Oct 09

I heard that the head of Actew has put his job on the line for both cost and completion dates? That’s a pretty fair indication that the ‘estimates’ are pretty spot on…

George D 11:29 am 26 Oct 09

This is desperately needed. Every water conservation strategy has been exhausted. Oh, wait…

Grail 9:21 am 26 Oct 09

For the money, they could install large water tanks for every home in Canberra to use for washing clothes and flushing toilets.

JC 7:36 pm 25 Oct 09

Actually if you look at the dam stats you will see the Cotter and Bendora dams have been 100% full for some time. Now considering these are being topped up by Corin which has reminded static I would say that the catchment in this area is healthy, so will rise and fill the enlarged Cotter over time.

jellen 7:33 pm 25 Oct 09

Wow. Way to go with the positive comments…

bd84 4:15 pm 25 Oct 09

More water restrictions when it is finished, the dams will only be 10% full

Thumper 1:36 pm 25 Oct 09

Yeah, I’ll go for $600 million.

Pandy 10:43 am 25 Oct 09

$370 million. Once a new Cotter Pub (hot chips and smokey pool table!) and associated adventure playground is built in the area.

Rawhide Kid No 2 10:30 am 25 Oct 09

Due to be completed in 2011. Most likely late 2012. With inflation on the rise, 600 million ?

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