Power station heritage bound

POWER PLANT: Robyn Gray with Ray Musgrave, the power station's last Superintendent, and Richard Crichton who was the power station 'caretaker' when the doors closed in 1988.
POWER PLANT: Robyn Gray with Ray Musgrave, the power station's last Superintendent, and Richard Crichton who was the power station 'caretaker' when the doors closed in 1988. Contributed

IT was once slated for demolition, but now the old Mullumbimby Hydro Electric Power Station has been placed on the NSW Heritage Register.

Construction of the station at Laverty's Gap on Wilsons Creek Rd started in 1924.

It was designed engineer William Corin, who had also reported on the Snowy River hydro-electric scheme, and was an initiative of Mullumbimby Municipal Council.

According to historical notes on the NSW Environment and Heritage website, the tunnel through Laverty's Gap was completed on December 1, 1925.

Later that month the scheme was turned on for the first time, lighting the Mullumbimby village.

There were numerous additions to the power station over the years, but the Mullumbimby Hydro-electric Power Station was decommissioned in 1990.

In 2008 approval was given to demolish the building.

However Country Energy decided against it after concerns were raised by members of the community.

Restoration work was undertaken, and this week Ballina MP Don Page announced that the NSW Heritage Council had put the old power station on the Heritage Register.

He said this type of infrastructure should be preserved as a link with our early engineering history.

"When the power station was turned on it lit up Mullumbimby, which was a significant achievement, and it's fitting this piece of engineering and local history is now to be preserved as a reminder of our past," he said.

"In 1939 additional infrastructure was built at the Laverty's Gap weir which provided a reliable, clean water supply for Mullumbimby.

"The Heritage Council of NSW found the Mullumbimby Power Station was a fine example of a hydro-electric development and technical innovation in a beautiful natural setting.

"In fact, two of the turbines are among only a handful surviving in their original context in the world."

Topics:  heritage register

Council refuses to finance construction of long-awaited cafe

The iconic Shelly's on the Beach Cafe could be demolished to make way for a new restaurant. photo Rebecca Lollback

Five years and counting for construction to begin on cafe.

Death of man, 72, tragic reminder of flood danger

DANGER SIGN: A damaged flood sign at Martin Bridge .

Neighbours say death is a reminder of the dangers of flood waters

Police discover $9,500 worth of stolen items

Some of the stolen items police recovered following a vehicle stop on Friday.

Police locate $9,500 worth of stolen property

Latest deals and offers

That's a wrap: Gympie Muster celebrates 35 years in style

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at the Muster Club on Sunday August 28 at the Gympie Muster.

Country music festival blessed with great weather and bumper crowds

Julia and Sasha top The Block's leaderboard

Julia and Sasha in their winning master en-suite in a scene from The Block.

FIRST room reveals of the season deliver mixed results.

New music: The legacy of the thunder

Artwork for Celtic Thunder Legacy Volume 2.

Anticipated follow-up album to the chart-topping Legacy, Volume One

Deborah Conway: A String of Pearls, after 25 years

PARTNERS IN MUSIC: Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier are releasing their latest album, Everybody is Begging (2016).

Deborah Conway celebrates 25th anniversary of release

GANGgajang brings new and old hits

STREETWISE: The band at the opening of GANGgajang Way in Bundaberg, Queensland, last year.

Iconic Aussie band returns to Lismore

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m