THREE options are currently on the table for Dumaresq Dam, according to a media release issued by Armidale Dumaresq Council.
They are: the complete removal of the dam, with preliminary estimated costs of $1.5 million; a partial reduction in the level of the dam, estimated to cost $3 million; and securing the dam with additional structural work, roughly estimated to cost $5 million.
These options were outlined in discussions arising from a NSW Government's Dam Safety Committee review which identified the need for Council to consider options to ensure the safety of Dumaresq Dam in extreme flood events.
ADC was advised it had 12 months in which to respond to the safety concerns.
Council officers are currently preparing a brief for consultants to look at the three options and any others that may be considered practical.
"As these are high extraordinary costs, after receipt of the required report on options and indicative costs, ADC officers will undertake a round of community engagement seeking community views to determine Council’s course of action," the media release stated.
ADC’s general manager Shane Burns has said that at this point, all but one option was likely to see the need for a general rate increase to preserve the recreational area.
This is the option involving removal of the dam, which would be funded through the water fund reserves.