Barham pontooon open

There’s welcome news for boaties in Barham, with the gangway for the Pontoon at Riverside Park now in place.

Murray River Council mayor, Cr Chris Bilkey said the pontoon is now open to public use.

“We are pleased that the Barham community can now finally make use of this great piece of community infrastructure,” he said. 

The new structure has been installed following the failure of the original gangway late last year prior to the project being handed over to Council.

Following the failure, Council commissioned an independent review of the incident which prompted a rigorous design management process.

Council said the issues identified in the investigation of the failure have now been dealt with and the structure has been replaced with a new, redesigned gangway.

“We appreciate the community’s patience with regard to the project delivery timeline pushing out.”

“But we are now pleased to have an impressive structure in place that will be a great asset for Barham and a welcome addition to the towns’ facilities for the many tourists who visit year-round,” Cr Bilkey said.

Whilst the pontoon is open for use, there are still some minor works at the site to take place.

The access to the boardwalk from the fixed gangway will be modified to extend the rail and kicker.

Water, electricity and sewage service installations are also scheduled for completion in the coming month.

This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government under Round 1 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund and the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Growth Fund through Our Region Our Rivers regional collaboration project.