News from Eugowra

Eugowra Bowling Club Championships

Major Singles- Brett Myors def Greg Weekes 31-29.

Minor Singles- Jeff Herbert def John Dukes 31-21

Pairs- Greg Weekes and John Dukes def John Gilson and Brett Myors 21-17

Triples - Matthew, Max and Greg Weekes def Mitch, Kevin & Chris Hodge.

The Fours are still to be played.

 Brett Myors (right) defeated Greg Weekes in the Eugowra Bowling Club Singles Championship.

Brett Myors (right) defeated Greg Weekes in the Eugowra Bowling Club Singles Championship.

Orienteering this weekend

Orienteering is a sport in which you navigate your own way around a course using a map and a compass.

This weekend, Saturday April 10-11 Garigal Orienteers will be holding a series of Orienteering events on the "Seldom Seen" map with courses suited to all abilities.

The event organisers would like to invite any locals who are interested to learn more about Orienteering to join them on Sunday April 11 between 11am and 12noon.

The event site will be at the Quarry, 5km west of Eugowra on the Escort Way. Entry to the site will be signposted, please park where directed and head a few hundred metres to the registration area.

Orgnisers will provide everything guests need for this event including a map with an Orienteering course.

You will be able to participate as individuals or in a group. Please wear comfortable walking gear and hats. Expect to be out on the course for 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

If you would like to take part email Rod Eckels on rod@slekce.com so they can prepare a map and have a compass and timing device ready for you, as well as for Covid-safe planning.

Next steps toward increased water supply

By Mark Logan

Back in December of 2019, when Lake Rowlands was at around 30 per cent capacity, the NSW Government committed $1 million of funding for the completion of a feasibility study for the dam's augmentation as part of its emergency response to the drought in regional NSW.

The first stage involved developing business cases to decide which of the options, raising the wall by up to five metres or building a new dam further downstream, would go onto stage two of the process.

That second stage includes a detailed concept design of the preferred option, a Review of Environmental Factors (REF), and the completion of a final business case.

The dam is continuing to spill even now, and for the general manager of CTW Gavin Rhodes an announcement by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for CTW to proceed with the second stage of the feasibility study of raising the wall at Lake Rowlands by 2.2 metres is welcome news.

"Approval to proceed with this vital urban water security project is fantastic news," he said.

Eugowra's water supply comes from Lake Rowlands and CTW has estimated that 16 gigalitres of water has spilled over the dam wall since July 2020, in excess of three times the existing capacity of the lake.

"Raising the height of the existing dam wall by 2.2 metres will increase the capacity of Lake Rowlands from 4.5 gigalitres to 8 gigalitres," Mr Rhodes said.

"This will help shore up the water security needs of our existing consumers now and well into the future."

Impacts on the environment and downstream users will be part of the REF report.

The Lake Rowlands Augmentation project aligns with the final business case of the Lake Rowlands to Carcoar Dam Pipeline project being undertaken by WaterNSW.

Both are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.