Weir condition report finds defects
BANGALOW Weir will undergo an options study after a condition report submitted to Byron Shire Council found 12 "significant defects", including cracks in the concrete wall.
The council's executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said the report noted that the failure of the weir structure occurred as it was not anchored onto a solid rock foundation; it was not reinforced, poor quality concrete, unusual shape and the age of the structure.
He said staff would now request a quote to assess engineering, environmental, social and heritage issues to allow part of the weir wall to be removed to make it safe.
Any plans to reconstruct the weir would require works to occur in low water flow period, outside of the platypus breeding season, minimal removal of riverbank vegetation and installation of sediment control.