New South Wales
As it appears there will be some disruption of access to Talbingo Dam at
the spillway, this submission's focus is on ways to alleviate the loss
of this amenity to the economy of Talbingo.
I believe that a re-homing of the tourism aspects of the spillway area
to the boatramp and other parts of Talbingo Dam shoreline is needed.
Currently the spillway area is used for swimming in a safe area, with
a pontoon, pathway and bouyline to exclude boats. It is also used to
park boats while owners, family and friends picnic and is used to
launch non-powered craft such as canoes and kayaks.
If this capability were to be transferred to the boatramp area where
BBQ sites and toilet facilities exist, as well as creating suitable
picnic areas on other parts of Talbingo Dams's shoreline, the impact
on the town's economy would be lessened.
At the boatramp, a semi-immersed swimming pool at the BBQ area (south
of the boatramp) and boat moorings north of the boatramp would assist
in keeping tourists coming to Talbingo.
Identifying suitable picnic areas along the Talbingo Dam shoreline -
similar to the Tumbarumba Ski Club area - would reduce the
concentration of people at the boatramp.
Additionally, to enhance the tourist's experience of Talbingo, the
current SnowyHydro display should be revitalised, tours of T3 power
station reinstated and provide access to Jounama pondage.
With regard to Jounama pondage, even at maximum generation, the flow
rate of the water through the dam is negligible and rise rate is very
manageable. There is no valid reason to continue the prohibition of
swimmers and watercraft on Jounama pondage.