Territory Stories

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.



Publisher name

Dept. of Transport and Works

Place of publication



Report ; 1/1983

File type


Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

Technical Report WRD83001 Viewed at 14:07:22 on 29/07/2010 Page 47 of 64. Telegraph Station - Berath stated that this proposal fell by the Hayside due to potential siltatioE problems ( although the evidence does not support this). Ee displayed strong personal opposition to the site: "construction of a dam in its (the Telegraph Station) vicinity Ivould probably destroy the serenity and context of this beautiful area and I would personally -refuse to work on any further investigations concerned with its development". (This caused R French to Hrite in the margin "I thought I saH a six-legged engineer's conscience scurry across the page"). He quoted points out downstrea.rn benefit) . apparently "n es+-';m"a+-ed s'_lt' ..c&'. - -0'" d ~ ~~ . ~ ~ ~rap e~~~c~ency or Joan that this Hould reduce the supply of sand (this has subsequently been recognised as a It is to be noted that flood mitigation had still not been identified as a benefit. Ross River Area Several sites ,,<jere considered I all on Bitter Springs Creek or its tributaries or south of the Ross River homestead. Be raised difficulties of access to the Haters edge, ~ne need for access roads and the problem that the impoundment areas of the Ross River sites were too extensive and flat. He considered that most tourist arld recreational activities i:Jould be expected to go west from Alice Springs, and nore communities Hould benefit if a lake Here developed Hest of Alice Springs. Conclusion - Berath concluded that Birthday Gap offers the best recreational o9tionS combined with technical advantages. Ildjarabada is on Jay Creek ~~original Reserve and is easily accessible and could provide the best opportuni ty for rnanagemen t by Aboriginals. He recommended that further study be confined to Ildjarabada and Birthday Gap. 55-25C(1)On 13 March 1975, A Hacqueen (Acting District Engineer ""-ater Resources) Hrote to the .,,"ssistant Secretary (Hater Resources) recommending that Pyberinge be retained as an option, on the grounds that the storage characteristics might be improved by deepening the saddle spillway_ 55-25C (1) In September 1975, t<!acqueen prepared a report (at the request of the Regional Co-ordinator) on the status of . ~" . (M 19-5) ~nves l,...J..ga1:.J..ons !..acqueen J The report presents Birthday Gap, Ildjarabada and Pvberinge as options under consideration, and draHs on reasoning by Eerath to discount other sites. This report Has made public. 11 : lLl\{D Y S :.~ )

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.