The recreation area at Dumaresq Dam will receive a significant upgrade thanks to funding by the NSW Government Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.
The Dumaresq Dam Redevelopment Plan Stage 1 includes contemporary amenities and covered picnic shelters with electric BBQs catering for families and small groups. A new entrance design with paved internal roads including sealed parking spaces for the family car and long bay parking near the boat ramp. A restricted camp site area.
Paved paths will lead along a new low beach wall where visitors can sit and admire the view and watch children on the new sandy beach front. A jetty will allow people to get out onto the water without getting wet and a new safer boat ramp will cater for canoeists and sailing craft.
Walking tracks and interpretive signage throughout the conservation reserve will also be upgraded. The reserve is a critical linkage between core koala habitat to the west through to Mount Duval Nature Reserve to the north of the Dumaresq Dam reserve. The reserve will continue to be managed for the conservation of wildlife habitat in collaboration with Backtrack. A significant budget has been set allocated for a range of environmental works to improve endangered plant communities within the reserve and control weeds.
The vision is to create an environmentally friendly Regional Nature Conservation Park where the community and visitors alike can reconnect within the natural environment and participate in passive recreational activities.
The redevelopment is based upon the 2016 Dumaresq Dam Upgrade Plan with additional precinct planning focused on separating vehicular and pedestrian movements and locating infrastructure to retain views of the dam from all vantage points. Council commissioned Local Government Engineering Services to undertake this work that also included detailed road and drainage designs
Biodiversity, and cultural significance heritage assessments have been undertaken, together with an electrical upgrade design.
The BackTrack Youth Works program will continue to play a pivotal role in managing the Dumaresq Dam Conservation Reserve as part of their innovative youth programs.
Planning is underway for this project and detailed designs based on the original concepts will be finalised by mid-May. The principle contractor will be appointed in August with construction planned to commence late September, weather permitting.