RAISE THE ROOF: Council workers carry out the delicate operation to repair the council chambers.
RAISE THE ROOF: Council workers carry out the delicate operation to repair the council chambers. Contributed

Roof comes off Byron Council

AS PART of ongoing maintenance, the roof came off Byron Shire Council Chambers on Friday to repair a leak, with further work to repair the structure set to continue untill the next Council meeting in August.

Byron Shire Council's property projects coordinator, Col Sims, said the careful removal of a glass panel took two cranes, internal scaffolding and a fine day.

"We needed a fine day with little wind. And today met the removal conditions," he said.

The heavy panel of glass is being replaced as part the of the Chamber upgrade program.

The panel was cracked and the sealing on the other panels are being repaired to stop the building leaking.

Following the removal of the glass panel, rust was found underneath the framework.

Later on Friday the entire glass roof will come off the Chamber building in order to complete a detailed inspection of the damage.

Mr Sims said it will be a delicate job and it was unknown at this stage when the entire roof top could be reinstalled.

"A tarp will cover the top of the Chamber and, weather permitting, the work will be completed by the end of next week."

On the inside, the Chamber will have new acoustic sound panels and a new audio system installed.

"The poor sound system has often been cause for concern for people attending meetings. The new upgrade will help solve this problem," Mr Sims said.

Other upgrades include the internal desks becoming movable to allow greater flexibility of the space for community meetings and events.

The work is being completed during July Council recess and will be ready for the next Council meeting on 8 August.


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