Lake Sambell

Lake Sambell dam wall completed

After six months and 2500 truckloads of more than 40,000 cubic metres of soil, rock and sand the dam wall of Beechworth's Lake Sambell was reopened to traffic on 1 August 2015.

Work on the leaking dam wall began in January 2015 in one of the largest engineering projects since the end of dredging in the goldmining era in the region. The dam wall was found to be leaking in January 2012 and the water level was lowered 2 metres to take pressure off the wall.

The massive repair project cost $3.1 million and was delivered on time and on budget by Leed Engineering. The project was funded by a Victorian Government grant for $2 million, with Council providing the remaining $1.1 million.

The lake holds about 500 megalitres and covers 13 hectares. This project is part of an overall Lake Sambell master plan that the community helped to develop for the Lake Sambell precinct, which over the coming years will drive improvements in the whole lake precinct and enhance its recreational potential for tourists and residents.

ABOVE: The Mayor, Cr Bernard Gaffney, and the Member for Benambra, Bill Tilley, officially open the Lake Sambell dam wall on 1 August 2015.

Council adopted the Lake Sambell Master Plan on 26 May, 2015. The key objective of the Master Plan is to develop a coordinated approach to using and managing the lake and its surrounds.

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Last updated: 08 September 2015