Wimmera River's Jeparit weir leaking water following late 2016 floods but Hindmarsh Shire not concerned

The Jeparit weir over the Wimmera River, which is releasing more water than anticipated.
The Jeparit weir over the Wimmera River, which is releasing more water than anticipated.

THE Wimmera River weir at Jeparit is leaking, but Hindmarsh Shire is not concerned about the impact on the river.

The Mail-Times has been sent images that shows water flowing through one closed section of the weir.

Jeparit resident Rod Cameron, who supplied the images, said he wanted ratepayers to be aware of the issue and any time lines of costs for fixing it.

“Everybody wants to know what’s going on with the weir. I just hate to see water wasted,” he said.

“It’s not just an issue about fishing and boating – it’s about whether or not you have a weir.”  

Hindmarsh Shire chief executive Greg Wood said that some leaking was expected when the sections were opened for last year’s floods.

“The leaks are usually plugged when material builds up behind the weir,” he said.

“There is one section we are concerned about.

“Given the upcoming fishing competition, we have delayed repairs to about Easter.” 

Mr Wood said the amount of water flowing to the weir meant that the level was still satisfactory.

“It’s one more piece of ageing infrastructure that we have to take care of despite caps on rates increases,” he said.

The Jeparit weir over the Wimmera River.

The Jeparit weir over the Wimmera River.

The Jeparit Angling Club will hold its Easter fishing competition later this year.

Club president Rick Day said anglers at Jeparit did not have an issue with the water flowing through while there was plenty of water behind the weir.

“It’s worked out pretty handy for us,” he said.

“There are a lot of fish being caught below the weir, so the flow is working well.

“It would be even better if the water could make its way through the whole system.”

Wimmera Catchment Management Authority has stated that the fishing competition has brought more than 500 people to the town each year since being restarted after the 2011 floods. 

The authority said the competition had also raised $2500 for the Good Friday Appeal in the past two years and provided a boost to Jeparit’s economy.

Jeparit Weir has shared in $3.5 million in state government money for weir repairs within Hindmarsh Shire in 2013.

The state government also committed $70,000 invest in a potential water supply to Jeparit Weir Pool.