Harvey River Diversion and Drainage Scheme plaque

Harvey River Diversion plaque, Myalup, public art

Public Art : Harvey River Diversion and Drainage Scheme plaque

Designed by: unknown

Description: A simple bronze plaque on a large boulder.

Date Unveiled: unknown

Location: The plaque can be found in Stirling Park, along the Forrest Highway (Old Coast Highway) across from the Myalup turn off, next to the diversion drain, Western Australia.

Inscription:

In memory of the thousands of men whose labour in the depression years made the Harvey River Diversion and Drainage Scheme possible.

This diversion drain conveys water from the Harvey River and the irrigation and drainage network to the ocean at Myalup.

1930 - 1935

So What Was the Harvey River Diversion and Drainage Scheme? : During the 1930's Western Australia, like the rest of the world, was suffering the ill effects of the Great Depression. During this time the Federal Government undertook various projects to stimulate the economy and get people back working. One of these projects was the Harvey River Diversion and Drainage Scheme.

Around 2,500 men were employed on the project to divert the water from the Harvey River into the ocean near Myalup. The reason for this project was to reduce the flooding the river caused downstream and thus reclaim the land for agriculture. Despite a mechanical drag being used in Harvey much of the work was done using shovels and wheelbarrows.

Between 1930 and 1935 up to 3,500 people lived in camps in Harvey, Myalup and the nearby Stonehouse.The men worked two days a week for about 10-15 shillings. Fishing and gambling were a very popular pastime at the camps as there was not much by way of entertainment.

It is estimated about 76,000 acres was irrigated during the 5 year project, resulting in the expansion of the dairy industry in the area.

Harvey River Diversion plaque, Myalup, public art

Harvey River diversion drain, Myalup, Western Australia

Diversion Drain

Harvey River Diversion Drain, Myalup beach, Western Australia

Diversion Drain at Myalup Beach known as "The Cut"

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