A swimmer jumps into the water at Dalwood Falls on Australia Day, 2010.
A swimmer jumps into the water at Dalwood Falls on Australia Day, 2010. DAVID NIELSEN

Dalwood Falls too dangerous for council

BALLINA Shire Council is considering selling the land where popular Alstonville swimming spot Dalwood Falls is located.

The falls are situated between a number of properties, one owned by the council.

Concerns about the ownership and management responsibilities of Dalwood Falls have been raised by members of the C Ward committee.

In a report to the committee this week, council staff said they had "actively tried to discourage people from accessing the falls".

Rangers regularly inspect the site to remove litter and rope swings.

"Dalwood Falls is a beautiful site, however just about every person who has reported having been there has a tale to tell of a person or persons who have been injured in accessing the site and in jumping off the cliffs or swinging on the various swings," the report said.

The report said swimmers were hostile towards attempts to move them on.

Police, in discussions with the rangers, had expressed no urge to prosecute people for going there and didn't want to take action, the report said.

In the past, the council kept the land as a water source in case of emergencies. But the water supply for Wardell and Marom Creek is now supported by the Rous supply.

Investigations are now under way to determine the value of the land.

Another option was for the council to keep the property and provide proper access to the waterfalls.

"This option is a high-risk option given the heights of the cliffs and the practices of visitors, as well as the isolated nature of the site," the report to the C Ward committee stated.

It is possible the council will advertise the land for sale selectively to people in the area or to National Parks.



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