18 November 2011

Last chance to watch the Cotter Dam go up from closeup

| johnboy
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ACTEW are letting us know they’re having a final open day on the Cotter Dam worksite on 26 November.

Visitors to the open day will be able to see roller compacted concrete being placed, talk to the people behind the project and enjoy a scenic riverside walk along the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail. A sausage sizzle and drinks will also be on sale, with all proceeds going to the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter.

“We’re pleased that our final open day provides the chance to raise money for a great organisation, with entry by a gold coin donation going to the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter.”

Snowy Hydro SouthCare CEO Owen Finegan said “The support of Snowy Hydro SouthCare at this event displays commitment to a local service that is on call to provide emergency medical assistance when needed. Snowy Hydro SouthCare volunteers and staff look forward to seeing the Canberra community support this event.”

When complete, the new Cotter Dam will be 80 metres high, approximately 260 metres wide at its crest and will dwarf the existing 30 metre wall. It will be made by placing approximately a million tonnes of roller compacted concrete, with work continuing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Access to the Enlarged Cotter Dam construction site will be via an approximately 2.5km (return) easy to moderate walk including stairs.

ACTEW advises visitors to wear enclosed walking shoes, to dress for the weather, wearing a hat and sunscreen and bring drinking water. Queues are expected.

**If you have limited mobility please contact ACTEW prior to the event 6248 3563 as access to some area of the construction site may be limited**

Parking is available at Cotter Bend, which is located off Cotter Road approximately 30 minutes drive from the Canberra CBD. Event signage will be in place to direct visitors.

ACTEW have also produced another video from the construction site which we suspect graduate engineer Winey Suen will regret in later life.


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