Parkland Proposal For Geelong’s Historic Aqueduct

24 January 2017

The Andrews Labor Government today unveiled plans to develop 66 hectares of public parkland around Barwon Water’s heritage-listed ovoid sewer aqueduct in Breakwater.

Visiting the site today, Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines said the proposal would connect the Geelong community with the environmental and recreational values of the Barwon River, as well as the significant history of the 100 year old aqueduct.

The 756-metre long aqueduct was commissioned in 1916 and provided the means for Geelong’s first main outfall sewer pipe to cross over the Barwon River on its way to Bass Strait.

It was decommissioned in 1992 when a new sewer pipe was constructed under the river.

Access under the structure – both on land and water – has been prohibited since 1995 due to the risk of falling concrete.

Barwon Water’s plan involves removing some aqueduct spans, subject to Heritage Victoria approval, to allow safe access to the river and bank.

The majority of the historic structure would be retained.

The parkland proposal also provides for walking tracks, viewing platforms, signage and seating on the north side of the river.

Barwon Water has been working closely with the Barwon River Parklands Steering Committee, Heritage Victoria and other agencies, and is now seeking feedback from the broader community.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville

“This is an exciting proposal for the Geelong community which will help share the significant heritage and biodiversity values of the area.”

“It would boost recreational use of the Barwon River by reopening a section that has been closed to the public for more than 20 years.”

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Carbines

“The proposal celebrates a significant historical site, while also enabling the community to share in the beauty of the natural environment surrounding the aqueduct.”

“We’ll continue to work with our water industry to unlock the recreational benefits of our waterways.”

Quotes attributable to Barwon Water Managing Director Tracey Slatter

“For many years, Barwon Water has been investigating options for improving public access to the riverside land.”

“Public safety has to be front of mind, and we look forward to hearing from the community through our engagement process.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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