Coast?s ?lost? dam
By YVONNE McLEAN
THE Tallebudgera Creek Dam, once the Gold Coast's main water supplier before burgeoning development hit the region, is scheduled for improvements, a general upgrading befitting the vital role it once played.
Today, the dam is almost fenced in by private property, but it contributes to the biodiversity of a beautiful valley and is a water source when helicopters are called in to douse bushfire.
The area councillor Sue Robbins said the dam also had an historic link to the Gold Coast and had the potential to be part of the valley's open space, perhaps for recreation.
In the early 1950s, the then Coolangatta Nerang Water Supply Board, comprising members of the Coolangatta and Nerang councils, constructed the Tallebudgera Creek Dam (one of the region's early water supplies) in the upper reaches of the Little Tallebudgera Creek.
But 20 years later with the completion of the Little Nerang Dam and the Mudgeeraba Treatment Plant, the Tally Dam became redundant as a water source and was utilised for recreation purposes and in the early 1980s it was handed to the Albert Shire Council.
It was then discovered that land transfers that should have taken place when the dam was built were not documented, so the land or most of it was later sold.
Some time ago, the Gold Coast City Council began research into the dam's history, there was a big search through State Government records and recently council's solicitor advised that the city council does own the dam even though not all of the land it resides in.
Cr Robbins said the dam does not comply to today's high standards in dam construction.
"Improvements are needed to the dam's wall and I am keen to see the work begin," she said.
"Getting to the root of ownership has been complex and time-consuming."
Cr Robbins said a few people knowledgable about the Tallebudgera Creek Dam have said: "let's use it now", but that was not possible.
The dam holds only one day's water supply and the pipe outlets cannot be used.
The dam upgrade proposal, on last week's water sustainable agenda, is supported by the committee's chairman, Cr Daphne McDonald and full council.