The collapsed Byron boardwalk, pictured in July 2005. After about two-and-a-half years, Byron Shire Council is finally calling
The collapsed Byron boardwalk, pictured in July 2005. After about two-and-a-half years, Byron Shire Council is finally calling

Final steps being taken in boardwalk repairs

By HANNAH ROSS news@northernstar.com.au PEDESTRIANS and motorists heading up Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay, may have started to wonder when the scenic boardwalk swept away during a storm in 2005 would ever be repaired.

Few would realise that in the bushland below, workers have been hard at it for the past year stabilising the hillside in preparation for repairs to the boardwalk itself.

Now the end of the project is in sight, with Byron Shire Council recently calling for tenders to construct a piled wall and boardwalk at the site.

According to the council's specifications for the tender, the piled wall is approximately 80m in length.

The wall is a contiguous piled wall with soil anchors and a cantilevered timber walkway. Civil works include new stormwater lines, stormwater outlet modifications and landscaping works.

The footings of a 20 metre section of the boardwalk were undermined when flooding rains battered the region on June 30, 2005, causing it to slip down the steep hillside.

The repair bill was estimated to be about $600,000, a cost which included plans to reuse many of the timbers from the original boardwalk, which was opened in August 2004.

Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham said the repairs had taken so long to complete because stabilising the hillside was a major undertaking.

She said the council had also been constrained by the State Government on how it approached the job. Tender submissions close on January 24.



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