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Weir upgrade for Bourke

Part of the Weir Renewals on the Darling proposal. Photo supplied. Inset: Bourke Weir. Photo TWH

Bourke is to get a new or improved weir under a new river infrastructure program announced on Saturday by NSW Water Minister, Melinda Pavey.

Minister Pavey issued a press release on Saturday, promising a “Better Baaka”, which includes the Bourke weir project.

Little detail is available yet, but documents from Mrs Pavey’s office include a proposal to “reconfigure the Bourke weir, the construction of a new fishway and installation of a low-level outlet for more flexible operation.”

However a spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has confirmed that replacing the Bourke weir with a new weir, and raising the height of the existing weir are definitely options on the table for Bourke.

This is a project that has been pushed for decades by Bourke Shire Council, to improve town water supply.

This Bourke weir project is part of “The Weir Renewals on the Darling proposal” that “would deliver improved town water security and fish passage through upgrading three existing weirs at Pooncarie, Bourke and Collarenebri”, according to project documents.

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