First Time Spillway Gates Open At Jindabyne In 40 Years

First Time Spillway Gates Open At Jindabyne In 40 Years

Victoria Minister for Water Peter Walsh

Flows In The Snowy River Reach Historic High

Victor P Taffa

Gates will be opened on Jindabyne Dam today to start the release of the biggest environmental flows ever into the iconic Snowy River.

Victorian Water Minister Peter Walsh said today marked the first time in almost 40 years water had flowed over the spillway at Jindabyne.

“The release of 84,000 megalitres started last week and will peak this week with the opening of the radial gates on Jindabyne Dam to increase flows to 12,000 megalitres a day.” Mr. Walsh said.

“The water is designed to flush the upper reaches of the Snowy where for the past 10 years flows have remained extremely low.”


“Thanks to unregulated tributaries on Victoria’s side of the border, more than 50 % of the Snowy’s flows still run out to sea, however we still expect to see some ecological benefit from this release.”

“The release imitates the natural flows which would usually occur in the river at this time of the year as the snow melts on the mountains.”

“The flush of water will occur over 19 days with the peak flows expected to last for three days.”

“After years of drought, good rainfall this year has enabled us to deliver water against the Snowy’s entitlement.” Mr. Walsh said.

Mr. Walsh said the release was the culmination of an agreement by the Victorian, New South Wales and Federal governments to return flows to the Snowy River.

“In 2002 the Victorian, New South Wales and Australian Governments committed to returning 21 % of average natural flows by 2012.” Mr. Walsh said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to honouring that agreement. We will continue to work with the New South Wales and Australian Governments to protect the health of the Snowy River for future generations.”