A minor river flow through the Fitzroy River Barrage creates a perfect picture.
A minor river flow through the Fitzroy River Barrage creates a perfect picture. Contributed.

Experience the Barrage walk this weekend

If you've ever wondered what the mighty Fitzroy River looked like from atop the Barrage, be sure to keep Saturday, July 29 free.

This unique river view is being offered to the community as part of a Barrage tour at Fitzroy River Water's Barrage Open Day.

Held every three years, the Barrage Open Day has become a popular event, welcoming thousands of local residents as well as residents from surrounding regions.

This year's event is expected to be no exception with dozens already putting it on their to do list.

The event aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role our water resources and Barrage play in our day-to-day lives and how our agencies, groups and the community work together to ensure it is protected.

While at the Barrage Open day make sure you catch a glimpse of and get a photo with "Fitz” Fitzroy River Water's bum breathing turtle mascot, visit the face painting tent, jumping castle, and participate in lots of activities for the kids. Once you have worked up an appetite, you can also feed the family at the sausage sizzle, or food, coffee and ice cream stalls.

The Fitzroy Barrage was originally built to meet the long-term water supply needs of Rockhampton and now the Barrage storage is the water source for Rockhampton and surrounding areas of Gracemere and Livingstone Shire Council in addition to providing a supply to the Capricorn Coast and 292 registered rural users.

Coming to the Barrage Open Day and want to experience the Barrage tour? Remember to wear your closed in shoes to avoid disappointment! See staff at the registration tent on the day or pre-fill your Barrage tour form and bring it with you.

For further information on Fitzroy River Water's Barrage Open Day or to get the Barrage tour form visit www.frw.com.au or call Council's Customer Service Centre on 4932 9000 or 1300 22 55 77.

Fast 5 Fitzroy Barrage facts:

The Fitzroy Barrage and the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant were constructed in 1970 and 1971.

The Barrage separates the fresh water upstream from the tidal salt water downstream.

The Barrage operates through 18 remotely operated vertical lift gates.

The Barrage provides a water storage that extends approximately 60 km upstream with a volume of 74,390 megalitres.

A fish ladder allows water flowing from the upper level of the river to the below barrage level so that juvenile fish can navigate safely upstream through the Barrage, improving habitat connectivity.