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Newsletter Now Available
(Updated Monday 3 March 2014)
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Update on Bridge Closures
(Updated Wednesday 26 February 2014)
On Wednesday 19 February a community meeting for residents impacted by the closure of the Goulburn Weir bridges was held at the Goulburn Weir park area.
Goulburn-Murray Water thanks residents for their attendance particularly during some stormy conditions!
A second community meeting is scheduled for mid March and residents who weren't able to make it to the first meeting are welcome to contact GMW on 58263 754. Please also contact us if you would like to receive our newsletter to ensure you keep up to date with the project progress.
More information for Goulburn Weir residents is now available - please click here.
Thursday 13 February 2014
Alert - East Goulburn Main Offtake Bridges Load Limit Reduction
Friday 20 December 2013
During a recent bridge inspection of the East Goulburn Main Channel Offtake road bridges on Goulburn Weir Road, a bridge engineer and assessor contracted by Goulburn-Murray Water found that overloading of the bridges may pose a safety issue for users and that there is a requirement to reduce the load limit.
The new 8 Tonne load limit was determined in a design review conducted to align the bridges with current bridge standards and to ensure continued safe usage.
Due to the identification of the new load limit, immediate action was taken to ensure that the bridge's vehicle use is restricted.
Local councils, emergency services and residents who are directly impacted have been notified.
New 8 Tonne load limit signs have been erected at the approach to the bridge and they will remain in place until the bridge is upgraded in 2014. Upgrade works will commence in winter 2014.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the timing of this notification.
We recognise that reducing the load limit before Christmas will create challenges, however we believe that public safety in this instance is of paramount importance.
Should you have any questions in relation to the bridges or the revised Tonne load limit please contact Goulburn-Murray Water on 1800 013 357.
For more information on Jetties please visit our Jetties webpage
About Goulburn Weir
Goulburn Weir is located on the Goulburn River, approximately 8 km north of Nagambie.
The construction of a weir on the Goulburn River began in 1887, and was completed in 1891. The Goulburn Weir was the first major diversion structure built for irrigation in Australia and was considered very advanced for the time. Such was the regard for the structure, it appeared on the reverse of Australian half sovereign and ten shilling banknotes from 1913 until 1933.
Goulburn Weir is a concrete structure founded on bedrock, with its downstream face stepped with granite blocks quarried from the nearby Mt Black.
The metal superstructure of the original weir included 21 cast iron and wrought iron gates mounted between cast iron piers. The gates could be lowered into recesses in the weir crest to pass river and flood flows. Water‑driven turbines provided the power to lower and raise the gates.
The structure also contained one of the first hydro-electric turbines in the southern hemisphere. The electricity was used to illuminate the weir and visitors came from all over Victoria to marvel at the steady bright electric light and floodlit water spray when the gates were operated at night. Goulburn Weir became an important venue for social and recreational events.
Works to stabilise the deteriorating weir structure were completed in 1983, and in 1987 a major refurbishment was undertaken. The work included advice on architectural and heritage matters from expert consultants, and the engagement of specialist contractors.
As part of the works, the main weir superstructure was replaced with nine steel radial gates mounted between concrete piers forming the new structure. Two of the original gates and lifting gear, mounted on the angled western abutment, were retained to preserve part of this unique piece of engineering history.
In 1988, the refurbishment work was awarded the Engineering Excellence Award, Public Works Section ‘for stabilisation and reconstruction of a superstructure and retention of heritage value and charm' by the Institution of Engineers Australia (Victoria Division).
Goulburn Weir raises the level of the Goulburn River so that water can be diverted by gravity along the Stuart Murray Canal, Cattanach Canal and the East Goulburn Main Channel.
Diversions to the East Goulburn Main Channel supply the Shepparton Irrigation Area. The Stuart Murray Canal supplies part of the Central Goulburn Irrigation Area. Both the Stuart Murray Canal and the Cattanach Canals are used to divert water to Waranga Basin for further supplies to the Goulburn irrigation system.
The weir also forms Lake Nagambie around which recreation, farming and housing developments have grown.