Goulburn-Murray Water operates Torrumbarry Weir on behalf of River Murray Water, the internal water business of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission.
Lock Closure (Nov 2017 - April 2018
Lock 26, which allows boat passage at Torrumbarry Weir on the River Murray, is to be drained and refurbished for the first time in more than 20 years.
The temporary closure of the lock, scheduled to start the day after Melbourne Cup, November 8, will not affect the normal operation of Torrumbarry Weir in terms of river flow and water supply.
It will mean recreational water users will be unable to use the lock to travel up or downstream from the first week of November until the end of April next year.
Torrumbarry Weir is located on the Murray River, 35 km north-west of Echuca.
The original Torrumbarry Weir used 14 removable steel trestles that could be winched out of the river to allow the passage of floods. The first diversions from the weir pool occurred in June 1923.
The structure operated successfully until 1992, when major damage to its foundations occured. Extensive repairs were carried out to enable the weir to continue functioning, but a recurrence of the foundation failure could not be discounted and the long-term future of the weir was in doubt.
It was decided that a new weir structure was required, and the new Torrumbarry Weir was constructed between 1993 and 1996. The existing lock structure was retained.
The original trestle weir and lock chamber have been listed as Historic Building No 993 in Victoria and permits for works need to be obtained from the Historic Buildings Council of Victoria. Major components of the trestle structure have been preserved and a Heritage Display/Information Centre was established.
The pool formed by Torrumbarry Weir allows for diversions into the Torrumbarry Irrigation Area via the National Channel. Approximately 500,000 ML is diverted to 120,000 ha of irrigated land each year, yielding agricultural products with a gross value of about $130 million.
Torrumbarry Weir also provides water for the Kerang Lakes, an internationally recognised wetland, and is a significant regional tourism and recreational facility.