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Maintenance works planned for Ben Anderson Barrage


SunWater this week commenced lowering the water level at Ben Anderson Barrage in preparation for maintenance works that are scheduled to commence in early September.

Ten steel shutters will be replaced as part of the scheduled works in addition to completing adjustments to the upstream rockfill and concrete surface.

SunWater General Manager Operations Tom Vanderbyl said the upstream water level will be temporarily lowered to 1.7 metres to allow safe access to the structure.

“In the ten days prior to works commencing on Ben Anderson Barrage we will gradually lower the water level to ensure we can quickly and safely perform the maintenance works,” Mr Vanderbyl said.

Mr Vanderbyl said the timing of the works, in the traditional dry season, will minimise the impact on customers and recreational groups. However, he urges those who choose to engage in boating, fishing or water sports on the Burnett River to exercise extra caution.

“The drop in water level at Ben Anderson Barrage will increase the risk of people coming into contact with submerged hazards such as rocks, stumps and weeds,” he said.

“Check the water for any potential hazards before entering and keep a safe distance of at least 400m from either side of the barrage.”

Mr Vanderbyl added that motorists may notice minor traffic disruptions on Sharon Road for short periods during the works. “We appreciate the community’s patience and cooperation while the works are under way.”

Weather permitting, works are expected to be complete by October to ensure the barrage is in sound working order for the 2016-17 wet season.

Ben Anderson Barrage forms part of the Bundaberg Water Supply Scheme and is located on the Burnett River, approximately 8 kilometres upstream of the city of Bundaberg. It stores up to 30,300 ML of water to supply to downstream communities for irrigation and domestic use.

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