Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that a temporary boat ramp has been built for boaties at Chaffey Dam.

Mr Anderson said that the low dam level was proving difficult for recreational water users to launch their boats.

“I had received a number calls from people in the community expressing their concern about the difficulty in launching and retrieving their boats at Chaffey Dam.

“The two main water sport destinations in our area are Lake Keepit and Chaffey Dam, and while Lake Keepit is still accessible, Chaffey Dam has become increasingly difficult for water sports boats to enter.

“The low level of water meant that cars and trailers were getting bogged and damaged as they tried to launch, but this new temporary ramp provides easy access and safe access for boats to be launched and retrieved.

“This time of year is busy for lakes and dams, with many people making their way to our beautiful waterways for the Christmas break, so they can now head to Chaffey Dam knowing that they can enjoy the full range of water sports over the summer period.

“When we launched the start of the Chaffey Dam upgrade I asked the Minister for Water Kevin Humphries if the construction crew could build a temporary ramp to allow the water sports boats to still have access to the dam.

“I am very pleased to say that the approval was given and John Holland Constructions has completed the work.

“Even though dam levels are low, people should still be able to enjoy water sports.

“I would like to thank John Holland Constructions and Water NSW for making the boat ramp a possibility.” Mr Anderson concluded.

The $18 million dam safety upgrade component of the works is funded by the NSW Government. The $31.781 million augmentation component of the works is funded by the Australian Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns ($18.145 million), the NSW Government ($9.668 million) and Tamworth Regional Council ($3.968 million).


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