Location Suma Park Dam, approximately 4 km East of Orange.
Statement of Significance
Suma Park Dam was commissioned in 1962 and since then has become a significant water feature within the landscape to the East of Orange. The dam has significance as an example of 1960s engineering as well as historic significance as it was constructed with the labour of British migrants. The migrant workers were housed in two barracks constructed by Council, one in March Street and the other near the dam site.
Suma Park Dam is Orange’s primary source of drinking water, with a capacity of 18,000 megalitres. The dam’s catchment area includes the Reservoirs of Suma Park, Spring Creek and Gosling Creek and the creeks to the South and South East of the Orange urban area.
Objects and Elements: Suma Park Dam
Mature exotic species grow close to the dam in the Southern reaches of the dam. Remnant native vegetation characterises the area around the dam wall.
The dam wall forms a significant engineered structure within the rural landscape.