Barham Riverbank Protection Works

With the spring weather upon us, locals have welcomed the completion of the Barham Pontoon structure which has connected Riverside Park directly to the Murray River.

With the project complete, Council has also been working behind the scenes to tackle the Barham riverbank stability issues.

“Council is seeking to stabilise the stretch of the Murray River bank at Barham (NSW side) from 50m upstream of the boat ramp to 50m downstream of the Barham-Koondrook Bridge,” Murray River Council mayor, Chris Bilkey said.

Survey of the site, which included the bank-to-bank river bed cross-profile for the stretch of the proposed work is now complete.

“As would be expected, survey information revealed that the river bank, at critical sections, is deep and steep which can limit viable design options,” Cr Bilkey said.

The design engineers are pursuing the option of rip-rap rock beaching similar to that adopted at the Barham-Koondrook Bridge abutment on the NSW side.

The design will need to be approved by relevant Government agencies with environmental assessment also required before consent is granted.

Design and approval phase of the bank restoration project is expected to be completed by December 2020.

Tendering for the procurement of the construction services is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021 and construction in the second quarter of 2021.

“Construction will be delivered progressively in stages, prioritising highest risk sections. This will be covered by funding currently available in our budget.”

“In the meantime, Council will continue to monitor the condition of the bank and will make appropriate decisions to contain any risk,” Cr Bilkey said.

Geotechnical investigation information is available from RMS via the Barham- Koondrook Bridge Project.

Both the Barham Riverside Park and the Barham Pontoon projects are being funded by the Australian Government’s Regional Growth Fund and the NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund.