April 27, 2021

The completion of a new Tidal Barrage Weir and Fishways on the Lower Barwon Wetlands will improve water management for the Geelong region and provide vital passage for significantly threatened migratory fish species like the Australian Grayling.

The construction of the new Tidal Barrage Weir has been a two-year project carried out by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority in collaboration with Arthur Rylah Institute, Pensar Infrastructure and Australasian Fish Passage Services.

This project is a $2M investment from the Victorian Government in water infrastructure in internationally significant wetlands and is essential for maintaining fishing and recreational opportunities in the Barwon River through Geelong for decades to come.

The new Tidal Barrage Weir has three complementary fishways to enable migrating fish to pass through the weir. The new cone fishway, is the first of its type to be built on a coastal system in Victoria.

Darren Cheeseman MP, Member for South Barwon representing Acting Water Minister Richard Wynne opened the completed works stating, “These works will have immediate and long-lasting benefits for fish, plants, birds and other wildlife in the wetlands and lower Barwon River”.

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