File photo of Christobel Munson and David Pont at the collapsed Bangalow Weir.
File photo of Christobel Munson and David Pont at the collapsed Bangalow Weir. Kate Oneill

Meeting to discuss weir options

THE dilapidated Bangalow Weir in the Deacon St park will be the subject of a Community Forum at from 6-8pm at St Kevin's Church hall, in Deacon St, Bangalow on Monday.

The forum will allow community members to hear details of the four options proposed by WBM, the engineering firm hired by Byron Council to report on the weir's future.

The weir and pool were built by the community in 1924 and hold very high heritage and natural environment values for the Bangalow residents.

"Whatever is ultimately decided, we are looking for co-operative action soon, to deal with a situation which has been shunted to the back burner for far too long," said organiser Terry Bleakley.

WBM report can be viewed on council's website and puts a dollar cost to the four options:

  1. Weir removal, with a weir/water height of zero, and making the area safe, the 'back to nature' option, would cost $115,000.
  2. Repairing the weir to a height of 0.9m, just below the concrete floor of the children's pool, with a rock fishway would carry a possible cost of $290,000. Of that, about $200,000 would be in materials; the rest being the cost of geotechnical investigation and design, approvals and project management.
  3. Repairing it to a height of 1.2m, plus rock weir and fishway would cost around $320,000, or more if in concrete.
  4. Raising the weir wall to the original height of 1.5m would cost around $415,000.

Monday's meeting will be chaired by Mick O'Regan with a gold coin admission. Phone Terry Bleakley on 6687 2525 or Christobel Munson on 6687 2244.



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