Homestead and Boera Dam Upgrades

About the project

As part of the Toorale Water Infrastructure Project, Pensar was engaged to deliver Phase 2 which included the upgrade of the existing dam regulator systems on the Warrego River in the Toorale National Park. The project outcome will enable a more flexible management of flows through the Toorale National Park to support environments within and downstream of the park.

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Gumbalie, NSW

Client & Duration

The Minister for Energy and Environment for the State of NSW Managed by Public Works Advisory NSW
August 2021 - April 2022

Project Scope

  • Construction of a weir cut-off wall incorporating 80m3 of concrete
  • Baffle style fishway passage
  • 30m long, 3-span bridge construction
  • Construction of a 3 gate dam regulator with 6m high walls and stainless steel gates
  • Precast concrete fish passage 


  • Significant planning was required when coordinating all site equipment, supplies and deliveries due to the project’s remote location one hour north west of Bourke
  • The closest concrete batch plant was located over one hour from site
  • The national park is regularly subjected to unpredictable and unseasonal weather including extreme heat and heavy rain, creating at times a high-risk environment with flooding


  • Pensar successfully installed the Homestead Dam Bridge using an In-Quik bridging system in 21 days from foundations to completion
  • The project team formed a collaborative working relationship with the client offering full transparency into the construction works
  • Strong local community and business engagement delivering social and financial benefits to the local community
  • The NSW Aboriginal Participation Plan targets were exceeded in the delivery of this project

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