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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 60 of 64. 4-68-7(3)The responsibility for taking up such further negotiations ~tlaS given to the Department of Lands during th.~ same month, and officers of the Department of Transport ana ~'7orks in Alice Springs attended a meeting with the Southern Division Director of Lands on 23 February 1983, to brief him on technical aspects of the project. 4-68-7(3)In March 1983, torrential rains in Alice Springs caused extreme local flooding events and a flood in the Todd River wi th a return period of around 15 years. This caused a spate of articles in the press, and the benefit of the lake in mitigating such floods bec~~e a major public issue. Unfortunately however, there was a comrr~n misconception that the lake would not attenuate flooding if it happened to be full when the flood hit. (This misconception was previously d - d b ~ B tl . h . . . '" ~spl..aye y narry U _er I ~n __ ~s COITuner. .. 'Cs on "Cl~e environmental studies.) 4-68-7 (3) On 20 April 1983, the Minister for Transport and l'lorks gave approval to distribute the status report (Ver':loeven, 1983) to a number of Departments and organisations including the Town Council and the Central Land Council. 4-78-54 In May 1983, the NT Goverlli~ent approved the inclusion of the construction of a multi purpose dam at the Telegraph Station site, on the draft 83/84 Capital Horks Program. MQ83/201 In May 1983, a press release was issued advertising that all technical information on the proposed lake could be inspected. 4-68-7(3)In September 1983, neHspaper advertisements were lodged, stating that the public could view a display concerning the lake from 12 to 23 September. The display centred on a hydraulic model built to demonstrate how the lake would mi tigate flooding. In the 2 week period, only about 30 people visited the display. 11 :ANDYS 1 1