South Dubbo weir reconstruction project commences

Construction has commenced on a rock ramp and fishway at the South Dubbo weir, one of Dubbo City Council’s most important capital projects to improve public safety with additional environmental benefits.

Dubbo City Council Director of Technical Services Stewart McLeod said it is pleasing that construction has now commenced considering the importance of this project.

“This project will reduce the risk of drowning by creating a much shallower pool of water at the base of the weir which will also be less turbulent,” Mr McLeod said. 

“The rock ramp and fishway also achieves important environmental objectives allowing fish to migrate upstream."

The construction work is being undertaken by David Payne Construction under the Supervision of NSW Public Works.

Mr McLeod said because the construction zone includes the river in the vicinity of the weir this section of the river is closed to the public.

“Council is advising recreational kayakers and canoeists not to travel this stretch of the river. A new portage route has been established but it is a long and difficult portage. Therefore it is best to avoid this section of the river all together,” he said.

“The project team at Council would also like to acknowledge the excellent cooperation received from Taronga Western Plains Zoo whose assistance with site access has enabled the project to proceed."

Construction progress can be seen via an online portal at http://dubbo.photosentinel.com.au

MEDIA CONTACT

Stewart McLeod
Director Technical Services
(02) 6801 4000

Last Edited: 15 Mar 2016

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