Weir all clear for users

By Country News

Lock 26 at Torrumbarry Weir was officially reopened on Friday following successful refurbishment works.

The reopening will allow recreational water users to once again travel up or downstream, with Murray-Darling Basin Authority river management executive director Andrew Reynolds confirming the works went smoothly.

‘‘Works at the lock were completed with only minimal river traffic disruption and without affecting the normal operation of Torrumbarry Weir in terms of river flow and water supply,’’ Mr Reynolds said.

‘‘The opening of the lock is timely with summer just around the corner and Torrumbarry Weir being very popular with visitors.

‘‘Given the extensive project, maintenance required and surprises along the way, it’s been a great effort to get the lock back up and running so close to the winter deadline.’’

Goulburn-Murray Water closed the lock in November last year for repairs but the required work was found to be more extensive that originally estimated.

The lock was de-watered to enable inspection and to allow maintenance, inspection of the sub-floor drainage system and lock foundations, and general inspection of the lock as a whole.

G-MW customer operations general manager Scott Barber said the lock’s foundations, concrete and drainage components were closely inspected and the maintenance works had been a success.

‘‘These works are vital to ensure the lock continues to operate reliably into the future,’’ Mr Barber said.

Works also included painting of the gates, and the machining and replacement of new valve frames.

The lock was last fully drained and inspected in 1995, when the original Torrumbarry Weir was replaced with a new, modern structure.

The original weir was constructed between 1921 and 1923 by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission for the River Murray Commission.