Malmsbury Reservoir bridge under repair

Malmsbury Reservoir’s picturesque access bridge is undergoing a major refurbishment of the heritage-listed structure. 

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

Coliban Water’s chief officer of assets and operations, Danny McLean, said works began last week on the $895,000 project 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.” 

The bridge was removed by crane in four 12-metre-long sections, and transported off-site for repair. 

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

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