Cooper Creek runs into and past Lake Hope

Submitted: Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 21:58
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We have about 6 weeks left and it's all over for the Track worst case sceanario was that the flood waters Flowed into and past Lake Hope this has occured with the Lake filling quickly. The Warburton is dropping quickly with maybe a small top up in about 5 weeks from a moderate flood that occured in the Diamintina Lakes. Th SA roads is in complete denial with no sight of the car ferry being repaired or replaced. Lake Eyre will fill more than last year but wait until the Cooper gets there.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 22:31

Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 22:31
Hi Terra
That's good news and it must have picked up pace. When I last spoke with Patsy it still had about 16 Kilometres to reach Lake Hope, that was about ten days ago and then Jason estimated about July to cut the Track. I am still waiting on a reply from the Minister of Transport about the refusal of offer of help for road repairs from the Diamantina Shire Council and the operation of the ferry. I will let all know if and when I do receive my reply.

I belt you are starting to get an increase in vehicles heading up your way with the start of the cooler weather down south and all seeing how the country has been transformed from all that rain.

Thanks for the update.


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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, May 03, 2010 at 20:42

Monday, May 03, 2010 at 20:42
Hi Stephen, back in range here at Meekatharra. So the old Cooper has confounded us all with its flow rate but looks like finally reaching the ferry and then cutting the track. Oh well, my predictions were way out - you can't beat Nature ( sometimes)... W
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, May 03, 2010 at 22:03

Monday, May 03, 2010 at 22:03
Hi Warrie
Sounds like you must be having a great holiday. From what I am told, the last hurdle is Lake Hope and as they say, is all down hill from there. The next major hurdle will be if the ferry does run, this will be the $64 million question.

Continue to have a great trip.


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Reply By: Bruce M - Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 15:41

Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 15:41
i'm confused as to what this may mean for the Birdsville Track. I'm currently planning to travel between Marree and Birdsville in late July. Is the Track likely to be open then? Or is the answer dependent on Transport SA manning the car ferry? Where exactly is that ferry located?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 16:05

Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 16:05
Hi Bruce
As Teraa has posted, the Cooper is still coming down and if at its current rate, should have well and truly cut the Birdsville Track by late July. Transport SA have yet to decide if and when they will put the ferry into operation. Having said that about Transport SA, the blame is not with them but out State Labour Government who have until this date made no indications that they will give Transport SA the funding to get the ferry into operation. Without it running, all travellers to Birdsville from SA will have to find a lot longer way of getting there, via a very long detour through central New South Wales and then in to Queensland. The flood detour is through Etadunna Station, south of Mungerannie.


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Reply By: rescue134 - Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 20:03

Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 20:03
sounds good to me, heading up to lake eyre next week to see the water first hand, hopefully we will get into and past muloorina to camp and flight over the water span,
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Follow Up By: Teraa - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 07:50

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 07:50
The latest is some of locals have been on the abc radio stiring the gov. up the point at this moment is that the present punt is inadequate and locals wanting spare punts that are available. But the inaction from the Gov. will be the biggest problem as we are running out of time. By the way the weather is just fantastic at the moment but the mossies are still around. If I took a flight it would include the Cooper. Heaps of flights around Marree and then there's Trev. at William Creek and there is also a Heli. in Birdsville.
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Reply By: The Landy - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 11:18

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 11:18
I'm wondering what the government agenda is here?

Seems odd that they are remaining silent on this issue, especially given the importance of the road, not just tourism, but local access. Can't help but feel there is someting amiss with this whole issue.....

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Follow Up By: Teraa - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 20:11

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 20:11
I really just don't know there has been large roads works jobs going on around SA for at least 3years that I have been getting around this time around and they remain incompleted. There doesn't seem to be any money about or we aren't special enough up here or the people who want to visit the area. I actually gave up talking to SA roads because they just wouldn't discuss as it just wasn't going to happen. Some locals have been on the radio Adelaide ABC country hour 639
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