Bandy Creek weir contract awarded

New and improved: The Department of Transport unveiled the location and design of the new Bandy Creek weir back in May 2018. Photo: Supplied.
New and improved: The Department of Transport unveiled the location and design of the new Bandy Creek weir back in May 2018. Photo: Supplied.

The state government has announced a $4.9 million contract for the construction of the new weir at Bandy Creek, which is set to deliver more than 40 local jobs.

The new weir, designed to safeguard the harbour from future flood events, will be built by WA company Italia Stone Group and will see 41 local jobs delivered during the nine-month construction phase.

The Bandy Creek weir, located five kilometres north-east of Esperance, was built in 2010 following a major flood in 2007 which caused significant damage to the previous weir and saw a large amount of sand deposited into the boat harbour.

The weir was overtopped by yet another flood in February 2017 and sustained substantial damage.

The Department of Transport unveiled the location and design of the new and improved weir at Bandy Creek in May of 2018 before going to tender earlier this year.

According to the state government, the new structure will be less susceptible to damage and allow for tidal flushing and fish movement between the creek and harbour to continue, with no impact on the water level or quality of the Ramsar wetlands upstream.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the contract would result in local employment opportunities and result in a financial boost for the local economy.

"The Department of Transport has invested significant expertise in the development of the weir design and the local community expressed strong support for the project during earlier consultation," she said.

"The design of the new weir will reduce sediment deposition from the creek in the boat harbour and has other community benefits including elevated access across the waterway for pedestrians, emergency and service vehicles.

"The $4.9 million contract for the project will also result in local employment opportunities and a financial boost for the local economy with 20 local jobs and apprenticeships."

Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham said he was pleased the new structure would be built to last decades.

"The new structure will include an elevated road platform for pedestrians, cyclists, emergency and service vehicles," he said.

"The road platform will be approximately one metre higher than the existing weir, with a gap between the top of the weir and the platform.

"The damage to the original weir was unfortunate for the local community but we are pleased to be getting on with building a stronger structure that will last decades.

"It's positive to see there will be a boost to the Esperance economy in terms of jobs."