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Pulling dumped cars out of the Cotter

By johnboy 17 April 2013 22

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TAMS are letting us know they’ve hired a helicopter to pull the dumped cars out of the Cotter River:

Nine abandoned vehicles will be removed from the Cotter River in the vicinity of Vanity’s Crossing today, Wednesday 17 April 2013, in an effort clean up the site and protect the ACT’s water supply, Brett McNamara, Operations Manager, Rural District, National Parks and Catchments, said today.

The clean up initiative is being undertaken by ACT Parks and Conservation Service in partnership with ACTEW Water as part of their Source Water Protection Program.

“A heavy lift helicopter will be used today to remove nine abandoned vehicles from the Cotter River upstream of Vanity’s Crossing,” Mr McNamara said.

“The removal of vehicles from the river is timely in light of the newly expanded Cotter Dam and the forecast high water mark just downstream from Vanity’s Crossing. Once the water level in the Cotter Catchment reaches full capacity, these abandoned vehicles would become submerged in the river if not removed.

[Photo courtesy TAMS]

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p1 3:07 pm 18 Apr 13

KB1971 said :

Apology in advance P1, I miss read “Then” because of the typo. I am assuming it should have been “than”?

Sorry, yes, I was suggesting the Helo would be cheaper/simpler/more environmentally sound.

Felix the Cat 1:19 pm 18 Apr 13

p1 said :

Even at tens of thousands of dollars per hour for such a job – and it would be that kind of money – it would be much cheaper then the earth moving equipment needed to make road access to get a crane close enough to pull the cars out (our you could drag them out with a dozer… either way, not very tidy, since the aim is to clean the place up).

I read it cost $40K for the special helicopter to lift the cars outs

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