Dartmouth Dam has been named winner of the prestigious Senator JS Collings Trophy by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
The award, established in 1943, was intended to acknowledge the contribution made by lockmasters and their staff in not only taking good care of a weir and lock structures, but also in making improvements to the surrounding areas.
Only weirs and locks on the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers were originally considered but this was later expanded to include Hume Dam, Dartmouth Dam, Lake Victoria, Yarrawonga Weir and the Murray Mouth.
Dartmouth Dam, managed by Goulburn-Murray Water, picked up this year’s award for being the ‘‘most effectively maintained asset in the River Murray System’’.
‘‘The team at Dartmouth continues to develop and implement innovative engineering solutions to maintain or replace a range of asset components that are now approaching 40 years old,’’ MDBA river management executive director David Dreverman said.
‘‘Overall the assets and their grounds are in the best condition I have seen them in 17 years.’’
Dartmouth storage manager Peter Liepkalns said the team was pleased to have won the award again.
‘‘This award is testament to the hard work and vision of the entire team. The Dartmouth staff not only operate and maintain this significant structure; they provide the innovation required to ensure its future integrity,’’ Mr Liepkalns said.
‘‘This year is also significant in that it is the last one to be overseen by executive director David Dreverman.’’
A presentation dinner will take place in coming weeks where MDBA representatives will present the award to the G-MW Dartmouth team.
The Dartmouth team is comprised of Peter Liepkalns, Peter Dower, Terry Cardwell, Trevor Cassidy, Peter Hodgkin, Mark Muldeary, Michael Wornes, Jonathon Dower, Leonie Howse and Mel Duncan.
Other notable achievements:
■Most improved asset: Euston Weir.
■Best presented grounds: Lock 9, west of Mildura.