THE first stage of a $310,000 project to replace two drainage outfalls into the Goulburn River near Marungi Street is nearing its second stage, and is expected to be completed before the end of the month.
The project, which came about due to deterioration of the river bank from flooding, erosion and structural failure, has been funded under council’s Capital Works budget and from the State Government Flood Grants and involves the upgrade of an existing outfall and diversion of another outfall into a newly constructed 1,200mm drainage pipe, the installation of a gross pollution trap and the regrading and regeneration of the river bank.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure, Steve Bowmaker, says the Council has a number of stormwater drainage outfalls into the Goulburn River. “The area near Marungi Street was surrounded by dead branches and concrete rubble, which have now been removed so works could be carried out.
“When we investigated the sites they both showed signs of disturbed ground around each stormwater outfall indicating unstable ground.
“The first stage of the works was the reconstruction of the drainage outfall which involved stabilising the waterway bank with concrete headways.
“The construction has been quite difficult as council needed to keep the outfall operational whilst undertaking the work. A gross pollutant trap was installed at 4.5 metres deep along with drainage pits and the 1,200mm pipes and concrete headwall.”