Byron Bay man Allan Cowley is calling on other Lighthouse Road residents to join a protest action next Wednesday over the Byron Shire Council failure to repair the section of walkway that collapsed in 2005.
Byron Bay man Allan Cowley is calling on other Lighthouse Road residents to join a protest action next Wednesday over the Byron Shire Council failure to repair the section of walkway that collapsed in 2005.

Collapsed walkway still not fixed

ALLAN COWLEY is mad!

Mad that after five years the collapsed section of walkway at Lighthouse Road in Byron Bay is still no closer to repair.

The Lighthouse Road resident said next Wednesday would be the fifth anniversary of the walkway being washed away by Byron Shire Council’s failure to provide adequate stormwater drainage to the original construction.

He said since that time locals and visitors had continued to be seriously inconvenienced by council’s failure to repair the damage.

“In that five years the Oliver Avenue bridge in Goonellabah has been washed away, and replaced, and the 25-metre crater in Bellevue Hill Road in Sydney has been repaired,” Mr Cowley said.

“I was also told a road washed away at Noosa in Queensland in the same storm event as ours was replaced within six weeks.

“Meanwhile, we are met by excuses, delays, obfuscation, and nothing else.

“This is despite the fact the repair was to be funded by a State disaster relief fund established within days of the washaway.”

Mr Cowley has invited other ‘angry’ residents to join him for a protest action next Wednesday at 7.30am on the walkway opposite No Name Lane.

The council’s community infrastructure executive manager, Phil Holloway, said approvals required from numerous State departments for design and natural disaster funding had been exhausted.

He said the council would this month be submitting its final review of environmental factors to the National Parks and Wildlife Service for sign-off and approval.

“This is effectively the second time council has gone through this process,” he said. “In early 2008 only one tender was submitted for the reconstruction work.”

Mr Holloway said that due to the high cost of the tender it was not accepted, as additional funding was not available from the RTA.

“As a consequence, an extensive geotechnical design review was completed. But the redesign has required another round of approvals,” he said.

Mr Holloway said the council would be also submitting the final detailed design of the road to the RTA this month. It was hoped tenders could be called at the end of the year, he said.



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