Upgrading Malmsbury’s historical reservoir

The historic access bridge at Malmsbury Reservoir (supplied).

Malmsbury Reservoir’s picturesque heritage-listed access bridge is set to undergo a major refurbishment, beginning this week .

Whilst the reservoir itself was completed in 1870, the current dam outlet, tower and 50-metre long access bridge was constructed in 1906.

Chief officer assets and operations Danny McLean said works will total $895,000 to rehabilitate the bridge.

“This will include replacing the bridge’s foundations, repairing and refurbishing the steel bridge structure, its cast iron supports and bluestone abutment,” he said.

“This is a fantastic project to ensure this beautiful historic structure can be maintained well into the future.

“Removal of the bridge will also allow for closer inspection of other parts of the structure that may need attention.”

The bridge, which will be removed by crane in four 12-metre long sections, will be transported off-site for repairs.

Mr McLean said there are buckled parts of the walkway and steelwork that is rusted beyond repair.

“Our contractor Civil and Earth Australia will be taking extra care as they carry out this work… [and] the bridge will remain closed to the public once works are complete.

“However, Malmsbury Reservoir remains a popular destination for visitors and families who can enjoy walking, shoreline fishing, kayaking, canoeing and on-water recreation.”

Coliban Water said it has worked closely with Heritage Victoria, Dja Dja Wurrung and other key stakeholders in the lead up to the works.

Details: coliban.com.au/about-us/our-reservoirs/malmsbury-reservoir