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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 59 of 64. " , :: 4-68-7(3)In Septerr~er 1981, the Chief Minister inspected the Telegraph Station site and also the Birthday Gap and I Idj arab ada sites, in the company of Hr T J Verhoeven (Regional Engineer, Nater). Mr Everingham was briefed on the relative technical advantages and disadvantages of each. In October, 1981, the Conservation Commission (Conservation Commission, 1981), completed its report on catcD .. Inent management options for sediment control. The report recomme"ded a comprehensive approach to sediment control incorporating both catchment rehabilitation through revegetation and structural control through large, downstream sediment traps. 4-68-7(3)The status of the project in November 1981 was recorded as follows in a letter to Conservation Co~~ission of November: 9 .Z,lthough this proposal may currently appear 101'; on the Northern Ter~itory Government's list 0= priorities, the Nater Division has been collating all design and investigation work now completed. Should a decisior- be later made to proceed with construction, the~ the necessary documents will be available for calling of tenders. 4-68-7(3)A file reference of two days later observes that "no decision on the recreation lake site has yet been made ll In November 1981, the Snowv Hountains Engineering Corporation presented its final report on the hydraulic studies of the spillway (SNEC, 1981). There was comparatively little activity on the dam proposal by this Department during 1982. Deba te on the proj ect was 1 l'~' 1" 1 _arge y In ~ne po ltlca_ arena. 4-68-7(3)Following a request from the Chief Minister, a new renort was prepared in January 1983 (Verhoeven, 1983), settIng out an updated comparison of the site alternatives, and an economic appraisal of the costs and benefits of the Telegraph Station site. The report drew heavily on the findings of the Alice Springs Flood Plain Working Group (Transport and Works, Lands and the Council) and emphasised the significance of flood mitigation as an economic justification of the project. The report was submitted to the Minister for Transport and Works In Februarv 1983, with a nin~te observing that "should the Goverrnnent - wish to proceed. .with the proj ect, negotiations >vi th .!l.boriginal Tradi tional Owners, with respect to sacred sites >,ill need to be satisfactorily concluded ll 11 :ANDYS , I I