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May start for St Georges Dam upgrade project

Friday 9 May, 2014

Works to re-build Creswick’s 100 year old dam at St Georges Lake will get underway at the end of May with the appointment of Entracon Civil to undertake the project.

General Manager, Regional Services, Chris Rose said the project tender attracted significant interest with nine contractors vying to undertake the vital regional upgrade project and Hallam based Entracon Civil Pty Ltd securing the contract to re-build the dam for Creswick.”

“The current upgrade works will provide a safe and secure dam which meets the national guidelines for large dams,” said Mr Rose.

“The heavy rains in Creswick in 2010-11 sent torrents of water cascading through the primary and secondary spillways at St Georges Lake.”

“The project will reduce the risk of the aged dam wall failing during future heavy storm events and safeguard the Creswick community against dam failure in a 1 in 100,000 year storm event.”

“The design of the new dam wall and its spillways will reduce the volume of water held by the lake, therefore improving safety during high rainfall and flood occasions.” said Mr Rose.

Parks Victoria’s Creswick staff hosted a community drop in day at the lakeside picnic area in March and as a result resolved a range of community questions about the impact of the works.

The most important question raised by the community about the impact of the works was about Parks Victoria’s plans to retain a range of popular recreational activities at the lake.

Mr Rose said local parks users can be assured that their favourite activites such as swimming, fishing and canoeing will be returned once the works are complete.

Answers to questions and information about plans for the area can be found at www.parks.vic.gov.au/stgeorgeslake

Entracon Civil will take possession of the site at the end of May when public access to the western end of the lake will be restricted to protect public and contractor safety.

Diversions for walkers on the Goldfields Walk will be in place for the duration of the project which is anticipated to take eight months, subject to weather, and therefore due for completion in early 2015.

 “We understand that the project will inconvenience visitors and locals during the essential works. I know we all look forward to the project’s completion when the lake can naturally refill and we can again enjoy the popular visitor spot,” said Mr Rose. 

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