Disused Evans water tower to be transformed into house

IN WHAT could become a landmark for Evans Head, a local family plans to transform a disused council water tower on Cypress St into a unique home.

The developmen t would recycle the existing 20-metre high tower into a seven-level, four bedroom dwelling with a rooftop deck offering a 300-degree view of the Evans Head township and surrounding national parks.

A lift and staircase on the southern side of the tower would access the living area on the upper level.

One of the people behind the application has a personal connection to the tower.

HOME SEET HOME: The water tower at Evans Head is to be turned into a home.
HOME SEET HOME: The water tower at Evans Head is to be turned into a home. Contributed

Owen McGeary of McGeary Bros Engineering in Woodburn worked for the engineering department of Woodburn Shire Council when the water tower was originally built in the 1950s and was later in charge of the council's water supply.

Mr McGeary was also involved in the construction of Rocky Creek Dam in 1954.

He said the concrete tower was a "good structure" which was best of left intact, as demolishing it would be a costly exercise.

"It's solid," Mr McGeary said. "The engineers had a good look over it and have given it the thumbs up."

Due to the development's height, the council has notified surrounding property owners and advertised the application in the Richmond River Express Examiner seeking comments until Friday, August 14.

The height of the planned home sits 5m higher then the current tower, and diagrams supplied by architect Coastal Building Designs show it would have a winter afternoon shading effect on properties to the east of the site.

Because council approval of any development application for the property is a condition of the sale, it remains under council ownership.



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