Repairs on the way

The Badger Weir picnic ground in 2016, following storms. 161149 Picture: JESSE GRAHAM

 Parks Victoria will start $1.2 million in repair work at the Badger Weir picnic area this month.

They appointed contractor Harris HMC for the five-month project, expected to be completed in March.

Works will include reconstruction and repairs to picnic tables, barbecues, park benches, drinking fountains, fences and gates, roads and bridges and a new toilet block.

On 19 September, the Mail reported that the picnic ground was still closed awaiting repairs, two years after storms tore through the site.

Parks Victoria said on 1 October that the site’s reopening was delayed after the first tender process received no submissions.

A second tender process run recently successfully identified and appointed a contractor.

“We understand the community’s frustration as the picnic area has been closed longer than expected and we apologise for the disruption this has caused,” Parks Victoria chief operating officer Simon Talbot said.

“The good news is that work will begin soon and we look forward to welcoming the Victorian community back to Bader Weir next year.”

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