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Inquiry into the Alice Springs Recreation Lake : submission by Department of Transport and Works



Inquiry into the Alice Springs Recreation Lake : submission by Department of Transport and Works


Marquardt, A.


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report ; 1/1983




Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


Date:1983-12; Contains: Floodplains Management Alice Springs Impacts of Todd River Flooding. Also filed in Alice miscellansous collection A0342, A0343.



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Technical Report WRD83001 Viewed at 14:07:22 on 29/07/2010 Page 44 of 64. 55-20C On 14 July 1967, the Director (Special Projects) wrote to the Assistant Aili~inistrator, with a pa?er on the dam proposals. The paper suggests that the project should be dropped, basically on the grounds that the benefits do not clearly enough outweigh the costs. He points out that no serious study has been undertaken of the amenity value to both tburists and residents. He also points out the recormnendation of the N. S. W. Soil Conservation Service report and states that these should be considered independently of the lake. 69/3124 The first suggestion that a lake might be created primarily for recreaticn purposes appears in a minute of 24/7/69 by ~lr Finger (Assistant Administrator) to the Director of Hines and Water Resources, in which he reports a meeting of 2 July 1969 between himself and p.~lice Springs citizens [<i!:" R Harris, Dr J Hawkins, Hr B Kilgariff (MLC) and Mr E Marron. It was apparently agreed that the N. T. ~~c.ministration HwQulc. make some prelicinary enquiries on the possibility of establishing a lake and its possible cost tt It is implied. that the Telegraph Station dam would be teo expensive for recreation purposes. 69/3124 In a subsequent file note of 20/10/69, Finger requested "an examination and report to be made of a proposed recreatio~ lake site UP to 50 miles radius of Alice Springsll. 69/3124 In a letter of 30 January 1970 to the Secretarj, De9artment of Interior, the F.dministrator described "two main factors that have made the proposal for a dam on the Todd River untenable; one is the siltation problem and the other the unfavourable economics of the proposal ll {It must be stressed that the above is not really supported by preceding documents while siltation ':"las al~'-ays recognised as a problem to be considered and dealt with the reason for the project being lI untenable ll was basically economic. ) The letter states that nno action has yet beer.. taken H to put the reco~~endations of the N.S.W. Soil Conservation Service Report into effect. '-'_i th __ . regar_ d to th ., -,,_ . e prov~s~on or: letter states: 11 : l'.NDYS a recreation lake, the