Barham riverbank restoration works on the agenda


Murray River Council will soon commence stabilisation works of the riverbank near the boardwalk at Riverside Park in Barham.

With stability issues being of recent concern, Council is seeking to stabilise the stretch of the bank from 50m upstream of the boat ramp to 50m downstream of the Barham-Koondrook Bridge.

Survey of the site, which included the bank-to-bank river bed cross-profile for the stretch of the proposed work was completed last year.

“As would be expected, survey information revealed that the river bank, at critical sections, is deep and steep,” Mayor Chris Bilkey said.

“This outcome can really limit viable design options, so Council consulted widely in coming up with a plausible design which would secure the approval of the relevant stakeholders and government agencies.”

“Whilst we acknowledge there has been interest in this project from the community with a number of rectification suggestions, there has been one particular line of approach that has been endorsed by the relevant authorities.”

The endorsed design will see the installation of 300-600mm diameter rip-rap rock for scour protection and bank stabilisation.

This is similar to the rock installed at the Barham-Koondrook Bridge abutment on the NSW side.

“Department Planning Industry and Environment has expressed its support for the design and feedback from DPI Fisheries is that the proposed design is consistent with its guidelines for fish habitat conservation management,” Cr Bilkey said.

“Essentially this approach is what will allow us to proceed with the works as soon as possible.”

Council has committed grant funds received from the Australian Government’s Regional Growth Fund towards the project, which to-date has covered designs, reviews of environmental factors and statutory approvals.

Part of the funds will now also be committed to the undertake the stabilisation works.

“Construction will be delivered progressively in stages, with priority given to the most critical and highest risk sections,” Cr Bilkey said.  

Subsequent works will be delivered when funding opportunities are available.   

Tendering for the procurement of the construction services is already underway and construction is scheduled for the second half of 2021.