Harvey River Diversion and Drainage Scheme plaque
Public Art : Harvey River Diversion and Drainage
Designed by: unknown
Description: A simple bronze plaque on a large
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.
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
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.
Diversion Drain at Myalup Beach known as "The Cut"