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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




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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.



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Technical Report WRD83001 Viewed at 14:07:22 on 29/07/2010 Page 53 of 64. 80/11 (2) Question of ....... ) seems contention. compensation (for the removal of to be the most likely area of further site visit, the displ2.Y w~as Central Lands council, who named woolutcha-Thara (later On the same day as the above visited by members of the suggested that the lake be officially spelt Wolatyatara) . 55.25(3) On 8 February 1980 I.L Pinkerton provided his report on the design of the proposed dam. The central issue ,vas that of which spillway combination should be adopted. Pinkerton rejected the arrangement proposed in the feasibility report, partly because he disagreed with the proposal that the main dam should be overtopped by the maximum probable flood, and partly because he believed that the primary spillway should have greater capacity. He proposed two ne'" alternatives, known as A and B. F.lternative F. is the alternative now proposed. It is similar to the arrangement In the feasibility study in that Saddle 4 provides the primary spillway, but differs in that the Saddle 4 spillway would be wider; the dam would be higher; a Heir would be constructed at Saddle 1, instead of the secondary spillway; an auxiliary spillway would be incorporated with the ,.;eir at Saddle 3. Further discussion of the dam's design aspects is beyond the scope of this submission. However, it should be pointed out that the above changes were a major factor in the increased estimated cost of the project. During February 1980, a study on Alice Springs flood potential (Transport and Works, 1980) ,,,as completed. This drew attention to the significant flood risk in Alice Springs. (It should be noted that the work undertaken for this report was substantially completed and taken into account C:.uring the 1979 feasibility studies.) 4-68-7 (l)Correspondence indicates that on 11 Harch 1980, a :neeting 55-2SC was held between the Traditional O-,mers of the land in the proposed lake area, and the Central Land council. It is reported that the meeting agreed that the lake could be built, and that the sacred objects would not be removed but would be permitted to be flooded. It was recorded that one Aboriginal woman had stated her complete oppcsitio n , however. Copies of the relevant minutes-are at Attachment 3 11:ANDYS d 4

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