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Leah, C.
Scrivener dam - remediation of a national icon
17th Engineering Heritage Conference: Canberra 100 - Building the Capital, Building the Nation
Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2013, pp. 37-42

Scrivener Dam forms Lake Burley Griffin through Canberra's Central National Area constituting a key landscape feature in accordance with Walter Burley Griffin's vision for the city. The design of the Dam, incorporating 5 over flow fish-belly flapgates is also thought to be unique in Australia. Construction of the Dam took place between 1960 and 1964 in a time of rising population and increasing incidence of civil infrastructure to increase the productive capacity of Australia. It is argued in this paper that Scrivener Dam can be seen as a metaphor for all aging assets delivered during the post war boom years and that their true heritage value is as a gift from a previous generation for the benefit of a future generation. The principles developed for the remediation of Scrivener Dam can be applied to all existing infrastructure assets and are consistent with Australia's National Infrastructure Objectives: what is good for Scrivener Dam is good for the nation.

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