Repair work to close Big Brook Dam
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 watercorporation.com.au/ water-supply/ongoing-works/bigbrook-dam-maintenance-work.