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Hume Dam upgrade

Hume Dam upgrade

Hume Dam

  • Hume Dam Completed buttressLocated 16km east of Albury-Wodonga on the River Murray.

About the upgrade

  • Cost of $60 million
  • Funded by The Murray Darling Basin Authority
  • March 2010 start date
  • 2015 expected completion


  • Installation of an improved filter and drainage system on the junction between the concrete spillway and southern embankment.
  • Construction of a concrete buttress on the southern training wall.
  • Possible modifications to improve the ability of the dam to manage extreme floods.


  • Stage 1 - Install filter and drainage system at the junction between the concrete spillway section and southern embankment (completed August 2011).
  • Stage 2 - Construct mass concrete buttress at the southern training wall.
  • Stage 3 - Possible additional flood security works.


  • Improved dam safety in the event of extreme flooding and earthquakes.
  • Dam upgraded in line with contemporary best practice.
  • Economic flow on benefits to local community.


  • 2014 March - Construction on the concrete buttress wall, at the southern training wall was completed. Pedestrian access has been reopened across the dam wall.
  • 2012 - Flood Security Investigations - The hydrology investigations were completed in December 2010, with the detailed investigations and upgrade option refinement for stage three continuing. Concept and detailed design phases are to commence. 
  • 2011 November - The contract for construction of stage two has been awarded to McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd. Construction is scheduled to commence.
  • 2011 August - The contractor for the stage one project won a NSW construction industry award for work on the project.
  • 2011 August - Filter and drainage works at the spillway southern junction, constructed by Advanced Foundation Solutions (Aust) Pty Ltd was completed.

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Project Manager: Mark Pearson
Phone: 1300 662 077


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