Christobel Munson and David Pont at the collapsed Bangalow Weir. They say continued inaction could see it disappear all together.
Christobel Munson and David Pont at the collapsed Bangalow Weir. They say continued inaction could see it disappear all together. Kate O'Neill

Dilapidated Bangalow weir to be discussed at forum

THE future of the dilapidated Bangalow Weir will be the subject of a community forum between 6 and 8pm at St Kevin's Church Hall, in Deacon Street, Bangalow next Monday.

The forum will allow community members to hear details of the four options proposed by WBM, engineering firm hired by Byron Council to report on the weir's future.

Located in the Byron Creek swimming hole in the Deacon Street public park, the weir and pool were built by the community in 1924 and hold very high heritage and natural environment values for the Bangalow residents.

Cracks in the spillway wall three years ago and a dramatic drop in the water level has attracted considerable community concern ever since.

"Whatever is ultimately decided, we are looking for cooperative action soon, to deal with a situation which has been shunted to the back burner for far too long," said organiser Terry Bleakley.

The WBM report, which can be viewed on Council's website, puts a dollar cost to the four options it proposes.

Weir removal, with a weir/water height of zero, and making the area safe, the 'back to nature' option, would cost $115,000.

Repairing the weir to a height of 0.9 meters, just below the concrete floor of the kids' pool, with a rock fishway, would carry a possible cost of $290,000.

Of that, about $200,000 would be in materials; the rest being the cost of geotechnical investigation and design, approvals and project management.

Repairing it to a height of 1.2m, plus rock weir and fishway, would cost around $320,000, or more if in concrete.

Raising the weir wall to the original height of 1.5m would cost around $415,000.

Next Monday's meeting will be chaired by MC Mick O'Regan with a gold coin admission to help cover costs.

For information contact Terry Bleakley: 6687 2525, David Pont: 0439 622231 or Christobel Munson: 6687 2244.


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