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Cotter Dam Expansion. Tickets going for behind the scenes tour.

By johnboy - 6 April 2011 14

Actew have announced that they have 700 tickets going to the first 700 punters to put their hands up for a behind the scenes tour of the Enlarged Cotter Dam engineering works.

Around 700 tickets will be available for the 45 minute tours which will take place on Saturday 16 April. The cost will be $5 for adults and $2 for children and concession card holders, with all proceeds going to local charity, Marymead. To secure and purchase your ticket call 6248 4095 after 9am on Wednesday 6 April.

ACTEW Managing Director Mark Sullivan said, we are very pleased to be opening up the worksite gates to the public again after the success of the last open day, which saw large crowds despite torrential rain.

“The worksite is in operation 24/7 and to ensure visitor safety we can only offer a certain number of spaces on the tours, so if you would like to attend then get in quick.

On the tours you will get a rare opportunity to talk to the dedicated team behind the project and find out the ‘ins and outs’ of building a dam. You’ll hear about work that has been done to date on the site, and find out what’s in store as the project approaches completion in autumn 2012”.

Visitors will experience:
• the massive work site which covers an area of 97 hectares and is equivalent to around 30 Canberra Stadiums;
• amazing views of the Cotter Reservoir and Precinct;
• the 50 tonne trucks, tower cranes and other machinery being used to build the new dam;
• two saddle dams which have been completed;
• a large rock crushing plant, giant pile of aggregate, batch plant and on site quarry; and
• the historic Cotter Dam and excavated abutments before the new 80m high wall is built and the old wall is inundated.

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Cotter Dam Expansion. Tickets going for behind the scenes tour.
Felix the Cat 1:58 pm 18 Apr 11

I was a bit dissapointed as well. I went last year and the bus took us up to the Pierces Creek area where there seemed to be a lot more happenning and to see rather than the Mt McDonald area we were taken this time which was about a km away from the worksite as the crow flys. As ABC129 said nothing really that you can’t see from the road.Would of liked to have been given a choice which tour to go on. On the upside the weather was a lot better this year.

chewy14 11:52 am 18 Apr 11

Concrete construction tour disappoints?

What did people expect from this, it’s not like they’d actually ever be allowed to take members of the public down to the main construction site.

tonkatuff82 11:30 am 18 Apr 11

Keijidosha said :

Well the tour was no longer than about 25 minutes. It involved a short bus trip via the southern abutment to “Kels lookout” atop a hill about 1km from the back of the dam wall. Here we were allowed off the bus for a 5-10 minute viewing. It was so windy that I couldn’t hear much of what the tour guide was saying. (Given the conditions it would have made more sense for him to explain everything on the bus before we got out).

After this we got back on the bus and trundled over to the batching plant where the bus promptly did a U-turn and paused for 30 seconds before heading back down the hill. Along the way our guide pointed out the construction equipment and quoted some figures. He fielded a few questions from the group and the tour was over.

I had higher expectations as the invitation email I recieved (same as the article above) was perhaps a little misleading in suggesting that “Visitors will experience:” aspects of the dam construction. Perhaps if it was worded to say “Visitors will see from a distance:” I might not have become so enthusiastic about the prospect of a hard-hat style tour of the construction area.

In all honesty I got a better appreciation of the scale of works from Cotter Road on the drive out there. The Cotter Dam Discovery Trail is also a wealth of useful information and gives an impressive view of the new dam construction area.

While I agree that it was probably slightly oversold, I’m not sure what people expected for $5 that all went to charity.
I enjoyed the tour and was grateful for the opportunity. I wasn’t surprised by all of the repeated questioning of the guide by people too important to have listened to the guy the first 5 times he explained things.
Perfect example of being able to please some of the people some of the time, and most Canberrans none of the time.
This type of mentality leads to people saying ‘stuff you then, we won’t bother at all’.

Keijidosha 11:29 am 18 Apr 11

Interesting that you point out there were two tours. As our bus rattled along, someone pointed out another group on top of the northern abutment and asked the guide if we would be going up there. His response? “Um, nah, I think that’s organised by some other mob”.

So it seems nobody was informed that there were two different tours.

ABC129 11:23 am 18 Apr 11

What would have been really good is if they could have some of the trucks/earth moving equipment down at the start point so the kids could see the scale of some of the things they are using up close.
Also if they could put a couple of high-viz markers on the other side of the valley to show the final water level that would be fantastic.

I too left a little underwhelmed by the tour, but fundamentally it is a construction site at the moment and I’m not sure what more I honestly expected.
I get a decent enough view of what’s going on every time I ride the Cotter/Uriarra loop though 🙂

p1 11:03 am 18 Apr 11

Keijidosha said :

Well the tour was no longer than about 25 minutes. It involved a short bus trip via the southern abutment to “Kels lookout” atop a hill about 1km from the back of the dam wall….

I was interested on the day that there appeared to be two different options, yet at no point had that been expressed in advance. From the sounds of it, I went on the better of the two…

Keijidosha 10:17 am 18 Apr 11

Well the tour was no longer than about 25 minutes. It involved a short bus trip via the southern abutment to “Kels lookout” atop a hill about 1km from the back of the dam wall. Here we were allowed off the bus for a 5-10 minute viewing. It was so windy that I couldn’t hear much of what the tour guide was saying. (Given the conditions it would have made more sense for him to explain everything on the bus before we got out).

After this we got back on the bus and trundled over to the batching plant where the bus promptly did a U-turn and paused for 30 seconds before heading back down the hill. Along the way our guide pointed out the construction equipment and quoted some figures. He fielded a few questions from the group and the tour was over.

I had higher expectations as the invitation email I recieved (same as the article above) was perhaps a little misleading in suggesting that “Visitors will experience:” aspects of the dam construction. Perhaps if it was worded to say “Visitors will see from a distance:” I might not have become so enthusiastic about the prospect of a hard-hat style tour of the construction area.

In all honesty I got a better appreciation of the scale of works from Cotter Road on the drive out there. The Cotter Dam Discovery Trail is also a wealth of useful information and gives an impressive view of the new dam construction area.

p1 9:57 am 18 Apr 11

johnboy said :

How so?

Well, in my case, we got on the bus, drove up to the top of the left abutment, stood looking for a while, then drove back down. It was very cool to see the sight from there, and the ACTEW engineer who was with us was nice, gave an overview of the project and answered questions, but calling it a “tour” was probably overselling it a little.

Nice day out in the sun though.

johnboy 9:11 am 18 Apr 11

How so?

Keijidosha 9:10 am 18 Apr 11

Wow, what a disappointment this tour was. I wholeheartedly encourage the support of Marymead, but the hype of this event exceeded the reality by a wide margin. Such a let down.

MarkS 4:22 pm 07 Apr 11

Last remaining tickets going fast. Tours for mid to late afternoon most available. Ring 6248 4095 to get one

Felix the Cat 11:11 am 07 Apr 11

Limited tickets still available for this (11.10am Thurs 7/4). I went last time and apart from the weather it was a great experience and very well organised.

MarkS 2:56 pm 06 Apr 11

Tickets are going reasonably quickly. This is the first chance to view the site from the left hand abutment. Spectacular views. Ring 6248 4095 (bus hours) for your ticket. Marymead will love you too

Keijidosha 12:11 pm 06 Apr 11

Already got my tickets. Should be a fascinating look at where my tax dollars and bill payments are going.

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