- Located on the Gwydir River, 60km upstream of Bingara
- Dam completed in 1973
- Storage capacity of 1,364,000 megalitres
About the upgrade
- Cost $60 million
- Funded by the NSW Government
- 2010 start date
- Completed 2013
Construction of a four-bay, 250-metre-wide, fuse plug spillway to enable the dam to safely pass extreme floods. The upgrade will ensure the dam complies with standards set by the NSW Dams Safety Committee that reflect improved knowledge of extreme weather and rainfall since the dams were built.
The permanent storage capacity and normal water releases will not be affected by the upgrade.
- Ensure dam can safely withstand biggest flood calculated as possible for the valley
- Ensure dam complies with legislative requirements
- Stimulate the local economy during construction phase through local subcontractors and suppliers
- 2010 February - Commence relocation of Copeton Waters State Park recreational facilities.
- 2010 August - Complete detailed design of fuse plug spillway.
- 2011 early - Completion of relocation of Copeton Waters State Park recreational facilities.
- 2011 early - Call tenders for construction.
- 2011 - Commence construction.
- 2013 early - Complete construction.
- 2013 March - Project completed.
- 2012 November - Copeton Dam Road reinstated.
- 2012 March - Construction reaches half way mark.
- 2011 August - First Community Construction Liaison Group (CCLG) meeting.
- 2011 July - Construction commencement ceremony and handover of new State Park facilities.
- 2011 April - Construction contract awarded to Macmahon Contractors.
- 2011 May - Park relocation completed.
- 2010 June - Detailed design completed.
- 2010 February - Thomas and Coffey Pty Ltd commenced relocation of the Copeton Waters State Park.
- Option refinement and concept design completed.
- Preliminary investigations completed.
- Copeton Dam safety upgrade (PDF 1.5 MB)
- 30.08.2013 - Copeton Dam safety upgrade
Project Manager: Nava Jeyachandran
Phone: 1300 662 077