DAM BIG

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The Thom­son Dam was de­signed on the no­tion it would drought­proof Mel­bourne. Lo­cated near Baw Baw Na­tional Park in West Gipp­s­land, 130km east of Mel­bourne, it was built by more than a thou­sand con­struc­tion work­ers, who were housed with their fam­i­lies in the pur­pose-built nearby town of Raw­son. Opened in July 1984, Thom­son Dam holds 1068 bil­lion litres – twice Syd­ney har­bour, or 628 MCGS full – and makes up 60 per­cent of Mel­bourne’s to­tal wa­ter stor­age.

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