Lismore levee damage check

THE damaged Lismore flood levee is to receive an official inspection next week, with two local politicians boarding a boat for a closer look.

Janelle Saffin, the Federal Member for Page, and Jenny Dowell, the mayor of Lismore, are to join Southern Cross University’s head of Environmental Science, Professor Jerry Vanclay, Richmond River County Council chairman John Chant, and the council’s floodplain services manager Michael Wood for the inspection on Monday afternoon.

The levee technical team will brief the politicians on thevarious options available before they all embark from the Ballina Street Bridge boat ramp aboard the SCU estuary research boat.

They will visit the site, behind the Newtrain building in Club Lane, where subsidence has damaged the levee, which protectsthe Lismore central business district.

The Northern Star revealed in February that a section of land about 20 metres long and 5m wide in Club Lane was starting to subside, causing a large crack in the levee wall.

Mr Wood said Federal, State and local government agencies were combining to address the damage.

The boat party will continue upstream to inspect the work done by the Wilsons River Landcare Group to rehabilitate sections of the river bank at Pritchard’s Park and Molesworth Street.

It will then head downstream to inspect badly degraded riparian areas identified in the estuary management plan.

Repairs to the levee could cost the Lismore City Council more than $200,000.

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