We are planning to open up 66 hectares of public parkland around the historic aqueduct in Breakwater.
The plan was revealed today by Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Under the proposed plan, the majority of the heritage-listed ovoid aqueduct will be retained, with some spans removed to allow safe access from land and water.
The proposal would unlock the environmental and recreational values of the Barwon River, while preserving an important part of Geelong’s history.
The 756-metre long aqueduct was commissioned in 1916 and provided the means for Geelong’s first main outfall sewer pipe to cross over the Barwon River on its way to Bass Strait. It was decommissioned in 1992 when a new sewer line was built under the river.
Access under the structure – on land and water – has been prohibited since 1995 due to the risk of falling concrete.
The parkland proposal also provides for walking tracks, viewing platforms, signage and seating on the north side of the river.
We have been working closely with the Barwon River Parklands Steering Committee, Heritage Victoria and other agencies, and we’re now seeking feedback from the broader community.