Forget rowing your boat down Lock 26 for five long months
‘ We know Torrumbarry Weir is popular with visitors over summer and the closure of the lock will not interfere with fishing, water skiing or other recreational activities on the river and its foreshore’ — Andrew Reynolds
RECREATIONAL water uses will be locked out of Lock 26 at Torrumbarry Weir (pictured above) from November 8 until April next year.
The lock will be drained and refurbished for the first time in more than 20 years.
The temporary closure won’t affect the normal operation of Torrumbarry Weir in terms of river flow and water supply.
But it does mean boaties will be unable to use it, or travel up or downstream for five months.
Murray–Darling Basin Authority river management executive director Andrew Reynolds said the closure would only affect the lock operation and river traffic.
“It is expected the lock closure will cause minimal disruption to river traffic,” Mr Reynolds said.
“This is because the works coincide with passage past Koondrook Bridge, downstream of the weir, being unavailable due to maintenance work to the bridge being undertaken by Roads and Maritime Services,” he said.
“The bridge work is scheduled to continue through to winter 2018.
“We know Torrumbarry Weir is popular with visitors over summer and the closure of the lock will not interfere with fishing, water skiing or other recreational activities on the river and its foreshore.”
Goulburn-Murray Water general manager customer operations Scott Barber said the lock was last fully drained and inspected in 1995, when the original Torrumbarry Weir was replaced with a new, modern structure.
“To ensure the lock continues to operate reliably into the future, we need to fully inspect its foundations, concrete and drainage components,” Mr Barber said.
“We’ll make repairs as necessary to seals and mechanical parts and apply new protective coating to guard against corrosion.”
The picturesque Torrumbarry Weir site, 35km north-west of Echuca, features a large grassed area, car parking, boat ramp, public toilets and a private holiday park with cabins, powered caravan sites and open camping grounds.