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.
- 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.