The future of Dumaresq Dam and the safety of people downstream are now secure with funding from the NSW Government towards the remediation of the dam wall. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is providing 50 percent of the estimated $8.1 million cost with Council funding the remaining 50 percent.
The Dumaresq Dam wall has been identified by Dam Safety NSW as not meeting current safety standards and at risk of failure during an extreme flooding event, posing a threat to people downstream. In 2014 Council conducted extensive consultation with the community that overwhelmingly supported the dam remaining at its current height to maintain the popular recreation area.
Interim Administrator Viv May said the recreational area around the dam is considered by the Armidale community as an essential public space with huge potential for development and Improvement.
“It’s an area of natural beauty with a wonderful walking track, including parkland areas popular for family gatherings and water activities,” said Mr May
“Redevelopment plans for the recreation area have been drawn up and Council is actively exploring funding opportunities.”
Detailed designs are now being priced by three contractors. Extensive investigation by independent experts has determined that post tensioning of the dam wall is the most economic means to guarantee the safety of the wall during extreme flooding events. It will also minimise any changes to the appearance of the wall.
Council acknowledges the support of Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall to help secure the additional funding.