Government Dam

The Government Dam is on Bullfinch Road adjacent to the turn off to Hunts Soak.

The discovery of gold set off a chain reaction which in the space of two years placed the Public Works Department under extreme pressure to provide even the most basic water supplies to the area.

Hunts Soaks were never enough with an ever-expanding population. Along with the rapid development of the eastern railway it was also necessary to establish a good water supply for the locomotives.

In this area, constructed simple in a rock out crop with natural catchment, is one such basic water supply. As well as the railway’s use it supplemented water for stock, horses and men during the boom years.

It still contains water today.

Lake Koorkoordine, Hunts Soak, Turkey Hill & Government Dam Brochure