Funding approved for Talbingo beach area

The spillway at Blowering Dam.

Snowy Hydro confirmed yesterday that funding has been approved for recreational facilities at Talbingo Dam, with hopes the project will be complete by April next year.

“The jointly funded State Government and Snowy Hydro project to provide Talbingo with improved swimming and recreational facilities near the Talbingo Dam boat ramp is now underway, with funding approved,” a Snowy Hydro spokesperson said on Thursday.

“The work is being completed by the team at Snowy Valleys Council and we are currently working through the design phase. 

“We hope to be able to inform the community of the concept design in the near future. At this point we hope that the project will be complete by April 2021.”

The project was first announced last September, with preliminary plans for a new beach, pontoon, picnic and amenities facilities to be created in an area to the south of the boat ramp.

The proposal followed Snowy Hydro’s earlier announcement that it would close the spillway to the public following safety concerns.

The spillway included a beach-style sand area and a designated swimming location, and was a popular summer-time haven not just for swimmers, but also other water sport enthusiasts.

Snowy Hydro previously outlined details for the new recreational facilities in various planning documents that went before the state government. 

In March, the state government committed $850,000 and Snowy Hydro a further $500,000 for the $1.35m project.

Snowy Hydro has previously outlined various options for the new recreational facilities, including:

• Provision of pontoons for the mooring of boats to the north of the boat ramp;
• Provision of a ‘beach’ area immediately south of the boat ramp;
• Provision of a swimming pontoon off the ‘beach’ area;
• Provision of an exclusive swimming area around the ‘beach’ area; and
• Provision of picnic facilities and amenities at the ‘beach’ area including picnic tables and barbecues.