Water is now flowing back into the iconic Donald Weir Pool during summer as a result of upgrades to the weir funded by the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Water Lisa Neville visited Donald in October to inspect the $170,000 upgrade of the Donald Weir Pool, funded by the Labor Government through the $2.98 million Sport and Recreational Water Infrastructure Program to assist drought affected communities across north-western Victoria.
Donald Mineral Sands is donating additional water, which will see 100ML of additional water delivered to the weir pool, which will flow into the weir over coming weeks.
While water levels in the weir-pool were healthy following good conditions last year, more water in the weir ensures the local community can continue to enjoy the benefits of the site during summer. The Labor Government’s investment ensures the weir is drought proofed during dry periods.
The Donald Weir project has delivered a new 400 metre pipeline connecting the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline to an existing stormwater pipeline to deliver the water supply to the weir pool.
This has allowed the stormwater pipe to continue directing harvested stormwater to a dam for use on Donald sporting grounds used by the local community.
The Sport and Recreational Water Infrastructure Program is a key part of the $10 million Drought Support Fund announced early in 2016 as part of the Labor Government’s $27 million Drought Response Package.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville
“We’re investing in the Donald Weir Pool because we know how important recreational facilities like these are for communities in North-West Victoria.”
“Local waterways are critical for the wellbeing of communities, particularly in times of drought. Water security for these communities delivers huge benefits for regional towns.”
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“With better access to recreational lakes and water bodies, more and more people are choosing to holiday in our Wimmera-Mallee region and take advantage of these wonderful natural resources.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020