WaterNSW to mark half century since Blowering Dam built

WaterNSW to mark half century since Blowering Dam built

16 August 2018

WaterNSW is inviting former dam builders along with the broader community to mark 50 years since the construction of Blowering Dam was completed.

WaterNSW will host a series of events over 7-8 September this year to mark the economic, recreational and flood mitigation benefits the dam has provided to communities in the Tumut and Murrumbidgee valleys for half a century.

Located near Tumut in southern NSW, Blowering Dam is one of the largest inland dams in NSW with a capacity of more than 1600 gigalitres. Construction began in 1964 and was finished in 1968.

Former dam builders can register their interest in attending by contacting 02 6953 7382 or emailing Blowering50@WaterNSW.com.au

Events will include a commemorative gathering on Friday, 7 September, for former construction employees, and a wreath-laying for the dam builder who lost his life during construction. Dam builders will be taken on a tour of the dam and will share memories over a luncheon.

On Saturday, 8 September the broader community can celebrate the anniversary at a community open day at Brandy Mary Park from 10am-3pm. The day will feature, guided dam tours, heritage displays, a hands-on dam and catchment model and fun activities for kids.

Blowering Dam is a rock-fill embankment with a clay core. The rock wall is 747 metres long and 114 metres high. A concrete chute spillway is located at the eastern end of the dam wall.

Famous as the site of the world water speed record in 1978, Blowering Dam stores water released upstream for electricity generation in the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme and releases it for agriculture in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.

The dam also supplies water for stock and household needs for landholders and towns along the Tumut and Murrumbidgee rivers, as well as providing environmental flows, flood mitigation and hydroelectricity. The large reservoir has become a popular water sport and recreation destination.

For more information on the 50th anniversary activities go to www.waternsw.com.au/BloweringDam50

Contact: Tony Webber

Phone: 0428 613 478

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