BIG LIFT: The 250 tonne hydraulic crane at work on Ballina’s North Wall.
BIG LIFT: The 250 tonne hydraulic crane at work on Ballina’s North Wall. Graham Broadhead

Crane builds breakwall jigsaw

A GIANT crane arrived in Ballina this week to help finish off the work on North Wall.

The Department of Lands started work earlier this year installing new concrete hanbar units on the wall.

A spokesman from the department said the hanbars had been specially designed by NSW Public Works engineers for breakwater construction and repair.

Work is now nearing completion on the placement of the hanbars, despite the government saying the project could take until the end of May to finish.

"With favourable weather, placement of remaining hanbars and removal of the gravel topping is expected before the end of the month," the spokesman said.

"The contractor, CivilTeam Pty Ltd, is a local firm from Murwillumbah, contracted to place the units weighing up to 16 tonnes each on the breakwater.

"A 250-tonne hydraulic crane was employed to lift and reach over 20m to place the units."

The unusual shape of the hanbars allows the units to interlock, providing protection to the smaller material used in the breakwater core.

However, some residents have complained that the hanbars are an eyesore and are likely to be covered in graffiti as soon as the eastern end of North Wall is re-opened to the public.

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