Sale Common Wetlands Regulator Upgrade

Client: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Type: Design & Construct

Timing: February – March 2013

EcoProjects Australia was engaged to design and construct a regulating structure to provide environmental flows into Sale Common wetland from the Latrobe River. Sale Common forms part of the RAMSAR listed Gippsland Lakes and is one of the last remaining freshwater wetlands in this system. A number of important and significant flora and fauna species inhabit the wetland.

Works included detailed design and construction of a four bay wetland regulating structure containing dual leaf combination penstock gates. As the Primary contractor we worked closely with AWMA Pty Ltd for design and manufacture of the required infrastructure. All construction work was undertaken by EcoProjects staff.

Due to the sensitive nature of the site strict environmental controls were put in place. Works included dewatering of the site which was achieved using a water inflated cofferdam which eliminated the need to import or export any soil to the site. The construction works were completed with an extremely low environmental footprint and high level of safety.