New life flowing into 150-year-old Beltana weir


New life flowing into 150-year-old Beltana weir

Beltana's iconic century-old bluestone weir has been restored to its former glory and is once again the pride of the town, following the completion of a project supported by SA Water's Community Partnerships Program.

In restoring the weir, the Beltana Progress Association – who were one of 11 organisations SA Water partnered with for its 2019-20 program – cleared large amounts of debris and soil that had collected over many years at the entry to the dam and repointed the existing bluestone.

Beltana Progress Association President Jan Ferguson said the project has helped rejuvenate a key part of the town's history.

“The weir was rebuilt with assistance from SA Water and a group of very tenacious volunteers, who pitched in to help with every aspect of the restoration, with much of it labour intensive work such as mixing the concrete,” Jan said.

"When the local creek is flowing after rain, the water can now reach the rebuilt weir and travel through a system of drains before flowing into the dam.

“The dam boasts picturesque beauty and also serves as a haven for local children and birds, and the community is delighted that our 150-year-old water infrastructure has been restored and is functional once again.

"Tourists are not only fascinated by the weir and its intricate engineering but also by the remarkable volunteer effort that went into the restoration.”

SA Water’s General Manager of Strategy, Engagement and Innovation Nicola Murphy said the Beltana Weir repair project is just one of the many wonderful initiatives supported by its annual program.

“Through partnerships like this, we continue to support projects and events – with a focus on sustainability and water – that provide benefit to communities throughout the state,” Nicola said.

"Projects like the restoration of the Beltana Weir are brought to life by dedicated volunteers who do amazing work in their communities, and their work will provide both functional outcomes for the town, along with the ongoing preservation of an important piece of history."

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