The popular camping site Sheba Dams is set to undergo a $300,000 upgrade. The recreational spot and tourist destination will have improved safety and added tourism appeal once the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) – Crown Lands have completed the maintenance project.
The DPIE Crown Lands begun the task today, which will involve removing trees and repairing holes on the embankment and remediating a slip on the lower dam wall. Access to the lower dam wall will also be improved to allow for better maintenance practice in the future.
A local wildlife conservation organisation will be engaged to ensure animals are safely removed from the Sheba Dams site while works are taking place over the next four weeks.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the dams were more than 100 years old, and “their ongoing integrity and safety is paramount”.
“These works will ensure the dams are in a great condition so they can be safely enjoyed by future generations” Mr Anderson said.
There will be safety messaging displayed on site for the duration of the works. Access to the dams will not be restricted and visitors are asked to follow the displayed safety signage.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the works were supported with a $100,000 contribution from the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.
“The NSW Government has committed to a guaranteed $107.2 billion infrastructure pipeline over four years to drive jobs, tourism and local economies,” Minister Pavey said.
“Improving community infrastructure is key to ensuring we support regional communities through the pandemic and beyond.”