Major upgrade for Kent Street Weir scheduled for early 2017

THE Department of Water has put out a tender for the refurbishment of Kent Street Weir on the Canning River, with a major upgrade scheduled for early 2017.

Manager Swan Avon region Don Cummins said the tender scope considered the ecological needs of the Canning River, safety of staff who operates the weir, and the needs of recreational users.

“The weir plays an important role in maintaining water quality for upstream freshwater ecosystems and for users of this part of the Canning River, and this work will extend the life of the weir by approximately 50 years,” Mr Cummins said.

The specifications for the weir refurbishment include a new fish ladder, a new pedestrian walkway and electronic management of the weir boards.

“Having settled on the scope of works we are now seeking a suitably qualified contractor to design and construct the upgraded weir,” Mr Cummins said.

The refurbishment is expected to take about four months to complete and is being managed by the Department of Water, in consultation with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the City of Canning, and is scheduled to take place in early 2017.

Upgrading the weir will also result in a new bridge that will provide access for pedestrians, cyclists and other members of the public, Mr Cummins said.

“During the refurbishment a temporary replacement bridge will be installed to minimise disruption to the public.”

The department is talking with a number of community groups about potential impacts during the construction period, to allow maximum time to make alternative arrangements for regular recreational activities and educational programs.

Further detail on the design of a replacement bridge, and alternative access points, will be published once the contract has been awarded.