General Purpose Committee - 16 December 2009


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1        APOLOGIES


3        DELEGATIONS—Motion to hear Delegations

8        Director Engineering Services Report

8.1     Site Visit - Steuart McIntyre Dam and Cowarra Dam    








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General Purpose Committee

16 December 2009

Director of Engineering Services Report

ITEM 8.1      SF587              161209         Site Visit - Steuart McIntyre Dam and Cowarra Dam


AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Bruce Redman, Director Engineering Services         




The neighbouring Councils to the south have in recent years built large water supply dams.


A visit by Nambucca Shire Councillors to these sites will assist in providing background information as deliberations progress on the proposed Bowraville site for the Off-Stream Storage for the Nambucca Shire Water Supply.





1        That the inspection of the Steuart McIntyre and Cowarra Dams be noted.


2        That thanks be sent to Anne Marie Burke (Kempsey Shire Council) and Murray Thompson (Port Macquarie-Hastings Shire Council).





Note inspection

Undertake inspection of other sites such as Shannon Creek Dam in the Clarence Valley





An inspection to two water supply dams is being conducted to allow Council to gauge how a similar structure would be constructed and operate for the Nambucca Water Supply.


The first stop will be the Steuart McIntyre Dam west of Kempsey.


This dam was completed in 2001, has a capacity of 2,500 mgl and has had problems relating to algae growth.  Anne Marie Burke of Kempsey Water will meet Council to discuss the dam.


The second dam is called the Cowarra Dam and was built for the Port Macquarie-Hastings Water Supply.  It is located east of Wauchope.


The Cowarra Dam has a capacity of 10,000 megalitres, was opened in 2005 and cost $32 Million.


Murray Thompson of Port Macquarie-Hastings Shire Council will meet Council on-site.


Background material and site plans are circularised.





Kempsey Shire Council

Port Macquarie-Hastings Shire Council







No new issues as a result of the inspection.




No new issues as a result of the inspection.





No new issues as a result of the inspection.





Councillors and staff to comply with inductions and directions of the relevant staff at each site.





Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets


No issues as a result of the inspection.


Source of fund and any variance to working funds


No issues as a result of the inspection.




 - Circularised Document - Promotional Material and Sites Maps



General Purpose Committee - 16 December 2009

Site Visit - Steuart McIntyre Dam and Cowarra Dam






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Site Visit - Steuart McIntyre Dam and Cowarra Dam




Circularised Document - Promotional Material and Sites Maps