Inquiry into the Alice Springs Recreation Lake : submission by Department of Transport and Works
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Date:1983-12; Contains: Floodplains Management Alice Springs Impacts of Todd River Flooding. Also filed in Alice miscellansous collection A0342, A0343.
Dept. of Transport and Works
Report ; 1/1983
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Technical Report WRD83001 Viewed at 14:07:22 on 29/07/2010 Page 45 of 64. .?~s an alternative to the Toac. River Dam a study is no .. ; being made in another area where a large recreatior. lake could be built that could serve the Centre population. An area that looks proIClising is near the Jav Creek settlement and a suitable damsite was found in- this area during an investigation for water sup;oly for the settlement. This damsite would impound a much larger volume of water than was possible on the Todd River and the catchment area is in a different land system to the Todd and not subject to the type of erosion that causes severe siltation. Surveys have been made of the site and preliminary plans are being drawn up so that estimates of cost can be made n 55-25C The possibility of building a dam on Jay Cree:" was raised as i'iG 7 III early as 31 July 1968, in a letter from G Ride (District Engineer), Water Resources, to the Director of \-Iater Resources. This was entirely in the context of providing a \-later supply to the Jay Creek Comr.mnity (Iwupataka). Photographs indicate 'Cnat the si te initially under examination Ttlas that no,,;l' known as pyberinge. (\';hilst the above statement by the Adm:'nistrator that the Jay Creek site would hold a much larger volume of water than l'lioS possible on the Todd was strictly true, in practice the storage would be smaller because of the smaller catchment area. ) 55-25C(1)On 1 April 1970, R French (Water Resources District Engineer) requested 'Cne Resident Geologist of the Hines Branch to undertake geological survevs at tw~o sites on Jav Creek, these apparently being Ildj~rabadaand pyberinge: His report ,1as presented 5 days later, a:1d inc.icated that no major problems had been revealed. \'IG/7 I 11 In a re;oly to a question in the Legislative council, it was stated on 3 September 1970 in respect or the Iwupataka com.'1mnity Su;oply that the Jay Creek daCl'. sites were still being cons idered for suppl v purposes. Ne\v grot::.ndwa ter sources were also being sought. 55-25C(1)In correspondence on 2 November 1970, French stated that "this office is engaged in the hydrologic design of a recreational reservoir near l'_lice Sorina5. '3"";0 dam 5i tes . (ie. the Jay Creek sites) are under consideration ....... " 55-25C(1)The District Engineer received a letter of 15 February 1971 from :K Hyde (District Soil conservation Officer) advising that the Jay Creek catchment is more stable than the Todd catchment, and that therefore there were unlikelY to be maj or silt problems in respect of the pyberinge site. 11: l'.NDYS WI \'IF 55 55 55
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