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Chance to catch glimpse of spillway atop Tinaroo Dam

THERE has been considerable excitement across the Tablelands in the last week after SunWater announced the walkway on the Tinaroo Dam wall is now open to the public.

The left bank crest (walkway) was originally closed in April, 2009, for dam improvement work to be undertaken; however when the work was completed in 2011, the crest remained closed as a safety precaution.

A SunWater spokeperson said they were delighted to re-open the left bank crest at Tinaroo Falls Dam for public access.

“Since re-opening on Tuesday, February 5, we have received positive feedback from the community who have visited, or are excited to visit the crest,” the spokesperson said.

“The crest is now open permanently, seven days a week between 7.30am and 3.00pm.

“These hours have been set to ensure the safety of all visitors, noting that lighting on the dam wall is not suitable for evening viewing and our on-site supervisor needs to be present whilst the area is open to the public.”

The spokesperson said following engagement with the community, SunWater carried out safety improvements including the installation of additional guard rails, removable bollards and safety signage.

“We understand the importance of Tinaroo Falls Dam for local recreation and tourism, and as these improvements were recently completed, it allowed us to open the crest in time for people to see the dam spilling for the first time since 2012,” they said.

With plenty of families expected to be visiting the dam to catch a glimpse of the overflowing spillway, the spokesperson outlined some of the dangers that exist with the crest.

“For everyone visiting the dam please stay safe, don’t take risks and ensure you note all safety signage,” they said.

“With so much rain over the past week, please take extra care to note slippery surfaces and avoid trip hazards.

“It’s also important to make sure children are supervised at all times and that you don’t climb the fences, gates or barriers.”

Caption: THE VIEW: Families will have the opportunity to see the Tinaroo Dam spillway in all its glory after SunWater announced the dam walkway is now open to the public.

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