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FRIENDS OF BARWON RIVER OVOID SEWER AQUEDUCT

The Friends of Barwon River Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct Inc. was formed in May 2020 in reaction to plans to demolish parts of the structure. The Friends believe the Aqueduct is of extremely high significance and is one of the finest reinforced concrete constructions in Australia. 

The Aqueduct is dramatically situated on the floodplain and is outstanding for its remarkable aesthetic and engineering qualities. It is 756m long.

Built across the Barwon River and Goat Island in 1913-16, this reinforced concrete structure has 14 spans.

The footbridge integrated in the design by engineer/designers Stone and Siddeley, enabled movement of people from one side of the river to the other; going to work, by foot or on bicycle or on horseback. 

Purposes

  • Advocate for conservation of the Barwon River Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct in its entirety.
  • Provide information to the public about the aqueduct’s significance to encourage broad support for the structure’s entire retention and preservation.
  • Suggest alternative options for the aqueduct’s management and provision for safety, to negate the need for demolition.
  • Explore options and advocate for the future use of the aqueduct and its surrounds. 

Join our dedicated group to assist in preserving our heritage structure and mobilise community support to enable its retention, the public to safe access under it on the water, and around it on a foot and cycle path.

FRIENDS OF BARWON RIVER OVOID SEWER AQUEDUCT

The Friends of Barwon River Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct Inc. was formed in May 2020 in reaction to plans to demolish parts of the structure. The Friends believe the Aqueduct is of extremely high significance and is one of the finest reinforced concrete constructions in Australia. 

The Aqueduct is dramatically situated on the floodplain and is outstanding for its remarkable aesthetic and engineering qualities. It is 756m long.

Built across the Barwon River and Goat Island in 1913-16, this reinforced concrete structure has 14 spans.

The footbridge integrated in the design by engineer/designers Stone and Siddeley, enabled movement of people from one side of the river to the other; going to work, by foot or on bicycle or on horseback. 

Purposes

  • Advocate for conservation of the Barwon River Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct in its entirety.
  • Provide information to the public about the aqueduct’s significance to encourage broad support for the structure’s entire retention and preservation.
  • Suggest alternative options for the aqueduct’s management and provision for safety, to negate the need for demolition.
  • Explore options and advocate for the future use of the aqueduct and its surrounds. 

Join our dedicated group to assist in preserving our heritage structure and mobilise community support to enable its retention, the public to safe access under it on the water, and around it on a foot and cycle path.

BACKGROUND

The Aqueduct was designed to carry sewage in an ovoid pipe line, to an ocean outfall at Black Rock. A plant was set up in nearby Marshalltown to construct the pipe. The development was an important response to public health needs in a developing city.

It was decommissioned in 1993 and, having withstood several major floods , it remains a very significant early Australian concrete structure.

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MEMBERSHIP

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Join our dedicated group to assist in preserving our heritage structure and mobilise community support to enable its retention, safe access for the public under it on the water, and around it on a foot and cycle path.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
* members will be able to express their views about saving the Aqueduct
* members can supply information to others who have an interest

MEMBERS INVOLVEMENT
* lobby others to enlist help in saving the Aqueduct
* spread the word

Membership Cost

$10

will go to supporting us achieve our aims.

Membership Form

Download a copy of the form, deposit your membership subscription and return it to us by email at barwonaqueduct@gmail.com

or send your payment and membership form by post.