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Kangaroo Creek Dam Upgrade

A collection of photos of the Kangaroo Creek Dam Upgrade, Torrens Gorge, SA, Australia.


Kangaroo Creek Reservoir
Torrens Gorge, SA. April 2019

(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Reservoir - Wall Embankment
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Dam - Wall Embankment and Spillway
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Reservoir - Wall Embankment and Spillway
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Reservoir - Wall Embankment and Spillway
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Dam - Wall Embankment and Spillway
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Reservoir - Wall Embankment
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Reservoir - Wall Embankment
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Dam - Spillway
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Reservoir - Wall Embankment and Spillway
April 2019
(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)

Kangaroo Creek Dam Upgrade




Artist's impression of Kangaroo Creek Upgrade
SA Water is currently (2015/2019) upgrading the Kangaroo Creek Dam. (Located in the Torrens Gorge, just above Castambul))
This upgrade will ensure the dam complies with ANCOLD (Australian National Committee on Large Dams) standards.
Construction began in late 2015, and completion is expected by September 2019.
The work will widen the spillway, raise the wall and strengthen the wall and the upgrades will help manage major floods and increase the dams ability to withstand earthquakes, however it will not increase the dams capacity, as the spillway height will be unchanged.
The dams existing flood management will be operational throughout the project.



Contractor Bardavcol Pty Ltd
Contract Value $78,513,994
Completion Date September 2018
Project Description
Major safety upgrade to the existing concrete lined rock fill dam to meet ANCOLD requirements
Excavation of 300,000m3 of rock to widen the spillway by up to 40m
Extension of the outlet tunnel and pipe work by approximately 50m
Buttressing of the existing rock fill embankment (200,000m3)
Raising of the embankment crest including extension of the concrete face slab using slip form techniques
Significant concrete works (32,000m3) to line the spillway including temperature sensitive mass pours and ogee crest construction
Construction of post tensioned anchors to the existing ogee crest
Electrical, SCADA and security works





We have been following the upgrade - More photos can be seen here
Photos of the Kangaroo Creek Dam
Upgrade 2015-2019






Kangaroo Creek Reservoir
Torrens Gorge, SA. April 2019

(Photo (©) - Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - April 2019)


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Various photos

A collection of photos from in and around the Lobethal/Lenswood districts, SA, Australia.


View from Pike & Joyce Winery/Restaurant
Lenswood, SA June 2015




Near Lenswood, SA June 2015

Near Lenswood, SA June 2015

Near Lenswood, SA June 2015

Peg ChartresNear Lenswood, SA June 2015

Peg Chartres
Near Lenswood, SA June 2015

Near Lenswood, SA June 2015


Near Lobethal, SA June 2015

Near Lobethal, SA June 2015


Near Lobethal, SA June 2015

Near Lenswood, SA June 2015

Near Lenswood, SA June 2015

Near Lenswood, SA June 2015


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The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, near the Piccadilly Valley in the beautiful Mount Lofty Ranges of South Australia, feature displays of cool temperate climate plants. Although perhaps best visited during spring and autumn (to see stunning displays of magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and roses) the gardens are a magnificent display at any time of the year.
These photos were taken in June (the beginning of winter in Australia).



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Our Garden, Lobethal, SA, Australia.

A collection of photos from our garden Spring 2015


Nothing like a spring rain to bring out the beauty of flowers!

A collection of photos of our garden Spring 2014





A collection of photos of our garden Spring 2017


Photo - garden
Spring 2017.
(Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - Circa 2017)

Photo - garden
Spring 2017.
(Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - Circa 2017)

Photo - gardenSpring 2017.
(Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - Circa 2017)



Photo - garden
Spring 2017.
(Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - Circa 2017)

Photo - garden
Spring 2017.
(Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - Circa 2017)

Photo - gardenSpring 2017.
(Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection - Circa 2017)

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Bushland Park, Lobethal, SA, Australia.

Lobethal Bushland Park provides habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna, including Rare Maiden Hair Ferns and Leafy Greenhood Orchids.
The Native Orchid Society has catalogued 33 species of native orchid (some of which were thought to be extinct) within the Park.
There are up to 100 bird species and 270 indigenous (native) plant species.

15% of the flora are rare and vulnerable, including some species that are not found outside the park.


Bushland Park is located just outside of Lobethal on the Kenton Valley Road.
It has a picnic area with a playground over looking a lake and walking trails with a great deal of flora and fauna.

During the 19th and early 20th century, before reticulated water was available to the towns in the Onkaparinga Valley, two reservoirs in a 118 hectare property supplied water to the town of Lobethal and its major industry, the Onkaparinga Woolen Mills. Early in 1982 the land was declared surplus to the requirements of the E & WS Department, and it was offered to the District Council of Onkaparinga In December 1986 Lobethal Bushland Park was officially opened by the Governor Sir Donald B Dunstan.
This information is provided courtesy of The Friends of Bushland Park. Visit their Web Site



A collection of photos from Lobethal's Bushland Park




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