Hume Dam crest roadway to re-open temporarily

Hume Dam crest roadway to re-open temporarily

22 November 2019

WaterNSW is advising the public that the crest roadway over Hume Dam will re-open to public access on 25 November following the successful completion of the first phase of maintenance work.

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and dam operator, is undertaking maintenance work at Hume Dam which started in early August.

For safety reasons public access to the spillway crest road-way has been closed but with phase 1 of the work complete the crest will re-open temporarily until early 2020, when phase 2 works begin.

While the dam crest road will be open from Monday (25 November) short term temporary closures may occur briefly to allow for minor works.

The viewing platform on the northern side of the dam wall near to the Meridian Energy Hydro Power Station is also open to the public. Fishing and boating are not permitted within the restricted zone upstream of the dam wall.

This work is essential and part of scheduled 20-year maintenance of Hume Dam that will include mechanical, electrical, civil and restoration activities.

This work started early August 2019 and is continuing until 2021, subject to weather conditions.

Visitors to the dam are advised to check the WaterNSW website for updated closure information

When Hume Dam was constructed in the 1930s, it was the biggest in the southern hemisphere and plays a major role in NSW’s dam supply network.

The role of Hume Dam is to regulate and conserve water for a range of needs including human consumption and the natural environment, including stock and household water for towns, landholders and irrigators across three states along the Murray River and is used for hydro-electricity generation.

Visitors and those seeking information on the Hume Dam upgrades or dam access can call the WaterNSW helpdesk on 1300 662 077 or visit

Media contact: Tony Webber 0428 613 478.


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