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The Cotter Dam expansion observation platform

By johnboy - 21 September 2010 22

[First filed: Sep 19, 2010 @ 22:01]

Cotter Dam observation platform

The Cotter Dam Discovery Trail was opened yesterday amid some hoopla which saw my name taken in vain on certain radio stations.

I went up today to experience the trail in the same way it’s going to be running for the duration of the construction.

(More and a slideshow below)

The engineering of the walkway is staggering.

There’s a rubble ramp which bypasses most of the zig-zagging pathway. The problem is that it you take the ramp you miss all the interpretative signage.

Seriously, once you learn that Garrett Cotter came out that way having been banished “beyond the limits of location” and his wife Anne Russell came out to live with him you’ll have endless discussions about just how little she must have had going on with her life.

There are also no end of plaques set into the walkway, the rusted ones celebrating the drought years in a history of Canberra’s water supply.

With the effort made to make the whole thing wheelchair accessible it really should be compulsory for all of the access impaired in Canberra to go and appreciate the lengths gone to out there.

In any event, it’s a lovely walk, the scale of the construction is awesome to behold, and the interpretative stuff is generally pretty interesting.

While I wonder about what it all must have cost us, done is done and we may as well enjoy it.

What’s Your opinion?

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22 Responses to
The Cotter Dam expansion observation platform
JessicaNumber 8:08 pm 20 Sep 10

I’m still waiting for International Cosplay Day. In the meantime I take advantage of other holidays. Halloween is up soon!

Bosworth 11:57 am 20 Sep 10
Pommy bastard 11:28 am 20 Sep 10

Are dogs allowed on the trail?

Kramer 10:58 am 20 Sep 10

Pathway and viewing platform complete… Now can we get on with building the new dam before we go back into drought?

KateKarnell 9:15 am 20 Sep 10

All you people complain about is cost and the environment. Live a little you freaks.

Gerry-Built 8:45 am 20 Sep 10

ramblingted said :

Would it be possible to build a more environmentally intrusive pathway? I doubt it.

Are you kidding? You do know what is being built in that valley (ie that the path GOES to), don’t you?


Gerry-Built 8:44 am 20 Sep 10

Photo #22 – symbol “borrowed” from The Fifth Element… noice…


Gerry-Built 8:40 am 20 Sep 10

JessicaNumber said :

That’s the most over-engineered “trail” I’ve ever seen.

…maybe the same contractor should be hired for a particular bridge over the Barton Highway…

Deref 7:45 am 20 Sep 10

Arrr! There be pirates, sez I!

ramblingted 7:44 am 20 Sep 10

Would it be possible to build a more environmentally intrusive pathway? I doubt it.

Felix the Cat 6:24 am 20 Sep 10

Alan Shore said :

There used to be a pub at the Cotter? Best idea ever!

It burnt down in the fires of 2003 and was never replaced. Shame really.

dvaey 12:01 am 20 Sep 10

Alan, some of us cant even imagine the cotter without the pub, you must be new around here, welcome.

Alan Shore 11:07 pm 19 Sep 10

There used to be a pub at the Cotter? Best idea ever!

arthwollipot 10:21 pm 19 Sep 10

I’ll have to go check it out.

JessicaNumber 10:10 pm 19 Sep 10

Yarrr! Twas a grand adventure.

That’s the most over-engineered “trail” I’ve ever seen.

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