Urgent repair works to crucial outback weir, the Isisford Weir, are almost complete following a $1.2 million investment to upgrade infrastructure from the Palaszczuk Government.
The weir, on the Barcoo River southeast of Longreach, provides drinking water to the Isisford Community and supports the economy of the town.
Minister for Water Glenn Butcher said the quick action in providing support to the council meant the works were nearing completion.
“The Queensland government made a financial commitment to fix this crumbling infrastructure in May and we’re honouring that commitment, on time and on budget,” he said.
“We know ensuring water security and supporting tourism will be key to building back from the global COVID-19 pandemic and this investment does both.
“It’s a great example of State and Local Government working closely together to deliver shovel ready projects.
The repair work included replacement of structural elements of the weir, waterproofing of the weir wall and foundation work.
Councillor Tony Rayner, Mayor of Longreach Regional Council, said that Queensland Government’s investment had come at a vital time.
“This weir has stood here proudly for over 87 years, but we discovered last year that it was in need of some care and attention,” Cr Rayner said.
“It means a lot to the Isisford community that it is being restored and will continue to serve the community into the future.
“It’s a critical piece of infrastructure not only for securing Isisford’s water supply, but to the thousands of visitors who camp here each year – enjoying the majestic Barcoo river and breathing life into this community.”
The 190 megalitre weir works in unison with a 250 megalitre off-stream storage facility and the local water treatment plant to provide water for the community.
A recent structural assessment report of the dam identified the need for emergency repairs for the weir that was constructed in 1934.