Revitalisation works at the Nogoa River are ramping up as Central Highlands Regional Council deploys a long reach excavator to remove debris from the river.
Subject to weather conditions, crews plan to commence works on Monday 12 February 2018. Some fenced off areas in the Emerald Botanic Gardens should be expected.
Manager Planning and Environment Kirstin Byrne said it was an exciting milestone of the Nogoa River revival plan.
‘The river is a fantastic underutilised asset in our region and we have long talked about improving it to serve as a place for recreational activities for people,’ she said.
‘The project is somewhat unique, the first of its kind in the region and, as such, has posed challenges to crews and machinery.
‘A standard excavator was not capable of reaching and dislodging some of the large timber in the centre of the river, hence the long-reach excavator will be used. Several access points have to be cleared for the excavator to get close to the riverbank.
‘Crews are trying to minimise an impact to the Emerald Botanic Gardens and will limit works to the eastern side of the gardens.
‘However, it is anticipated that access from the western side will be required at times where there is no safe option for the crews on the eastern side.’
Council has advised that logs removed from the river will be cut up and carted away.
The project is split into three stages, each comprising a section of the river.
Stage 1: Vince Lester Bridge to John Gay Bridge
Stage 2: John Gay Bridge to Top Weir
Stage 3: Top Weir towards the Fairbairn Dam