15 Jul 2014
River users around Mildura are reminded that Lock 11 will close from 15 July as a four‐week maintenance program begins at the Mildura weir.
The lock will close to allow materials, including a new trestle, to be moved to Lock Island.
“Based on advice from the local tourism industry, we have scheduled the lock closure to allow houseboats and other river craft time to make their way through the lock after the school holiday period,” Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) head of River Management, David Dreverman said.
“Next week, as part of the works program, we’ll be removing the weir’s trestles. This will drop the weir pool level to about 3.0 metres below the full level, depending on river flows.
“These works have been carefully scheduled to start before the irrigation season begins. The weir pool will be raised back to full supply level and the lock reopened by mid‐August.
“We appreciate everyone’s understanding while we do this upgrade, which is a necessary part of managing the river properly and reliably to support surrounding industries.
“This is part of the major task of installing mechanised gates, which also involves repairing the support structure on the riverbed. The final phase of this infrastructure program is expected to be completed over two to three months next winter,” Mr Dreverman said.
The MDBA and Goulburn–Murray Water will issue further advice in the coming weeks.
For more information, contact the MDBA Media office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6279 0141
or Goulburn–Murray Water on 1800 013 357.
Follow @MD_Basin_Auth on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MD_Basin_Auth
Join the discussion on the MDBA blog: http://freeflow.mdba.gov.au