Works are ready to begin on the upgrade of Lake Endeavour following Ministerial approval for the project.
Katrina Hodgkinson (Minister for Primary Industry and Small Business) has confirmed that Parkes Shire Council will receive 50% funding from the State Government under the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program.
The project cost will be $11.1 million dollars.
Entracon Civil Pty Ltd have been announced as the successful contractor following a comprehensive tender process and will begin site works at the end of May.
Construction is expected to take approximately 12 months with a further three months scheduled for project completion.
Lake Endeavour Dam will be closed to the general public during this time to allow construction works to be carried out.
The Lake Endeavour Dam Upgrade Project will involve strengthening the Dam to ensure the long term stability and integrity of the structure.
The project will also involve enhancing the dam for flood security.
Parkes Mayor, Cr Ken Keith said Lake Endeavour Dam has performed and operated in a satisfactory manner for the past 76 years.
“However, on the basis of recent studies carried out by the NSW Dams Safety Committee, the spillway capacity is now considered inadequate by modern standards and requires strengthening and flood security works to be carried out,” Cr Keith said.
“This infrastructure upgrade is a significant investment into maintaining Lake Endeavour as a key water reservoir for the Parkes Shire and to ensure its continued safe operation over the next several decades."
Cr Keith also commented on questions raised about developing the area for recreational use while the current works are underway.
“Lake Endeavour Dam is one of the Shire's key water reservoirs.
“It is important for Council to safeguard the Dam from contamination and pollution that can be caused by active recreational activities such as boating and skiing.
“Council does recognise the passive recreation value of the area and will look to resume providing permits for fishing after the construction works have been completed,” Cr Keith said.