Photographer Jocelyn Carlin

The Black and Brown State of Victoria

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Cairn Curran

Copyright © Jocelyn Carlin 2009
Cairn Curran is typical of many dams built In the postwar boom of the 1950s designed to irrigate the dry State of Victoria. Located on the Loddon River, the reservoir had a catchment covering 1593 square kilometres and the area submerged at construction 1943 heactares. It was to supply water for domestic use, for irrigation and stock; and importantly for recreation - boating water skiing fishing swimming windsurfing jet skiing and canoeing. Although these ideals are kept to the fore the region suffers a 15 to 20 year drought or extremely low rainfall and the dam holds about 14% of it's full capacity at best, most often 5%. The high water mark not reached for many decades can be seen on bridge.
Other Galleries in this exhibition
General Postcards | Aspects of Tokyo | Christmas Cards | The Black and Brown State of Victoria