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Mildura Weir raising delayed
« on: July 25, 2015, 11:17:21 AM »
Mildura Weir raising delayed

Wednesday 22 July, 2015

by Joint MDBA GMW release

River users are advised the raising of the Mildura Weir pool has been delayed for up to one
 week to replace a suspected damaged trestle.

Goulburn–Murray Water (GMW) Manager Dams Martina Cusack said staff had noticed a
 vibration in one of the existing trestles at the weekend.

“Given the importance of this structure to the ongoing efficient and reliable operation of the
 river, it’s important for us to remove the trestle to reduce the risk of any further possible
 damage,” Ms Cusack said.

“This means we will have to lower the weir pool and replace the trestle. The trestle will then
 be inspected to identify the cause of the issue. Divers will also check the river bed.”

During the past two months the weir pool has been lowered to allow GMW to carry out
 repairs to the tracks that support the trestles and install five mechanised trestles as part of a
 program to replace the old manually operated trestles.

“We had only just started raising the weir pool after this year’s program of works and
 expected it to be at normal supply level by the end of the month,” Ms Cusack said.

MDBA head of river management David Dreverman said all efforts were being made to
 quickly rectify the problem.

“We understand Mildura Weir is vital to the local economy and supports the region’s
 agricultural, tourism and recreational industries.

"It’s important we deal with this now rather than risk an issue during peak irrigation and
 tourism seasons. This work is essential to improve the long-term reliability of the structure,
 manage operational and safety risks and improve river operations.

“We appreciate the community’s patience during this time.”

The weir is operated, maintained and managed by GMW on behalf of the MDBA. Work is
 also being carried out at Lock 11 this winter.
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