New dam under construction in Tasmania
2 February 2007
Construction of the Meander Dam wall started in Feb 2007
© Richard Gerathy
After 40 years of planning, construction of the wall of the 24,000 megalitre Meander Dam began yesterday. The project will include a 2.5 megawatt mini-hydro electricity station, generating even more renewable energy in Tasmania and feeding the power into the State grid.
The dam, which is expected to be completed in November this year, will guarantee water supplies for the towns and the 120 farmers in that area of northern Tasmania.
The Minister for Water, David Llewellyn, said yesterday that the dam, which will cost $35 million to build, would also be a recreational resource and would create eco-tourism opportunities.
“The value of water is increasing,” he said, and then added, “The project is on budget and on schedule.”
Sixty-five workers are employed on the construction site.