Work done

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. . . Restora­tion and re­place­ment works on two key siphons in the Cam­paspe re­gion are now com­plete after be­ing un­der­taken dur­ing the 2018 win­ter ir­ri­ga­tion shut­down pe­riod. Work was done by Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter on the Bulls and Cam­paspe siphons be­tween May 18 and Au­gust 6.

Work on two key siphons in the Cam­paspe re­gion are now com­plete after suc­cess­ful restora­tion and re­place­ment works dur­ing the 2018 win­ter ir­ri­ga­tion shut­down pe­riod.

The im­por­tant im­prove­ments were made be­tween May 18 and Au­gust 6 at the two work sites 5 km apart along one of Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter’s main car­rier chan­nels — Waranga Western Chan­nel.

Lead project man­ager Linc Welling­ton said the $2.5 mil­lion work on Bulls Siphon, which was de­signed and con­structed in­house by G-MW, was de­liv­ered on time and about $200 000 un­der bud­get.

The project in­volved re­mov­ing the old de­te­ri­o­rated struc­ture and re­plac­ing it with a new four-bar­rel 3 m di­am­e­ter re­in­forced con­crete struc­ture.

‘‘On Au­gust 6 we re­moved the cof­fer dams (the tem­po­rary dams) and wa­ter is now flow­ing as nor­mal,’’ Mr Welling­ton said.

‘‘The added bonus of car­ry­ing out th­ese works our­selves was that we had con­trol of project time­frames and sched­ules.

‘‘Some mi­nor out-of-chan­nel works are still hap­pen­ing, so cus­tomers may see our staff in the area for a cou­ple of weeks yet,’’ he said.

At Cam­paspe Siphon, the cof­fer dams were re­moved on Au­gust 4 and the three ex­ist­ing siphon bar­rels have been re-lined with fibre-re­in­forced con­crete.

The bar­rels al­low wa­ter from Waranga Western Chan­nel to pass un­der the Cam­paspe River with­out in­ter­fer­ence.

‘‘The newly-re­lined siphon bar­rels are now in use. We’re happy to say this project was also com­pleted on time and within our $3.7 mil­lion bud­get,’’ Mr Welling­ton said.

‘‘This project was orig­i­nally in­tended to be car­ried out over two win­ter pe­ri­ods but we were able to make some project in­no­va­tions and find a way to com­plete the works this win­ter.

‘‘This has saved us a lot of time and costs for re­mo­bil­i­sa­tion.’’

He said the con­trac­tor, Downer Pipetech, had been car­ry­ing out fi­nal site clean-up works.

G-MW’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pat Lennon said the works would en­sure the his­toric assets con­tin­ued to pro­vide ser­vice to Rochester and the Lod­don Val­ley Ir­ri­ga­tion Dis­trict well into the fu­ture.

On-site . . . Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter com­pleted works in the ir­ri­ga­tion shut­down pe­riod at Bulls Siphon (ABOVE and BELOW LEFT).

Works un­der way . . . The con­struc­tion site at the Cam­paspe Siphon.

Re­vamp . . . Cam­paspe Weir got a makeover as part of the work.

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