Cotter Avenue Recreation Area Upgrade
In September 2012 Cotter Avenue was reopened by ACTEW Water with a community event to celebrate the occasion. Cotter Avenue is a popular recreation area located in the Cotter Precinct, 30 minutes drive from the Canberra CBD, which has been closed to the public since January 2010 due to its proximity to the enlarged Cotter Dam construction site. ACTEW completed rehabilitation works to the Avenue during its closure, including new BBQ facilities, upgraded toilet facilities, landscaping and the installation of a new pedestrian bridge. These upgrades formed a part of ACTEW’s commitments under the Environmental Impact Statement for the Enlarged Cotter Dam project.
An important aspect of the Cotter Avenue experience was the original swing bridge constructed in the early 1900’s to provide access across the Cotter River, which was sadly destroyed in the 2003 bushfires. The replacement of this historically significant bridge has formed a key element in the reinstatement of Cotter Avenue, and provides access across Cotter River to the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail.
The new bridge (above right) replaced the old suspension bridge (above left) which was destroyed in the 2003 bushfires
The bridge is approximately 190m downstream of the Enlarged Cotter Dam and connects with the loop which forms the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail and viewing platform. It is not a suspension bridge, like the original bridge was, but has been designed to look like a suspension bridge and is approximately 2m wide and 30m long.
Overhead map showing link from Cotter Ave to Cotter Dam Discovery Trail
Previous upgrade and development works have been undertaken by ACTEW at both Casuarina Sands and the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail and the design principles established in these areas have both influenced and inspired the Cotter Avenue upgrade. The upgrade focused on enhanced public access, respect for the Cotter environment, and sustainability of design and construction.
For further information phone ACTEW Water 6248 3111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org