Re­pair work to close Big Brook Dam

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

Pop­u­lar Pem­ber­ton swim­ming spot Big Brook Dam will un­dergo re­pair work over the next five to six months, with ar­eas around the dam clos­ing to the pub­lic.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion em­ploy­ees will be fix­ing the em­bank­ment and im­prov­ing the dam’s out­let pipes in time for the win­ter months, to en­sure the dam con­tin­ues to store wa­ter safely.

The main­te­nance work will in­volve low­er­ing the level of the dam and clos­ing sec­tions of the Rain­bow Walk­ing Trail.

Some com­mu­nity mem­bers were con­cerned with the time of year cho­sen to be­gin the work, but Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion South West re­gional man­ager John Janssen said sum­mer was the only time it would be pos­si­ble to com­plete.

“This is be­cause wa­ter lev­els in the dam are at their low­est over this pe­riod any­way,” he said.

“We timed work to be­gin the sec­ond week of Jan­uary to miss the busiest vis­i­tor pe­riod over the Christ­mas and New Year break.”

He said the north sec­tion of the walk­ing trail and ac­cess to the Bib­bul­mun Track would not be im­pacted and if the work be­gan to im­pact on recre­ational use of the dam, they would try to give the com­mu­nity as much no­tice as pos­si­ble.

“The carpark near the in­for­ma­tion bay will be tem­po­rar­ily closed dur­ing con­struc­tion, which will im­pact the ca­noe launch area but ca­noeists can launch from the swim­ming beach area in front of the main carpark over this pe­riod,” he said.

“I thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors for their pa­tience while we carry out this es­sen­tial up­grade to Big Brook Dam.”

Con­struc­tion started on Mon­day and will con­tinue un­til the mid­dle of the year.

To keep up to date with the work, visit wa­ter­cor­po­ra­ wa­ter-sup­ply/on­go­ing-works/big­brook-dam-main­te­nance-work.

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