It’s an ‘eyesore’
THE pathway to North Wall was opened to the public last week, but many locals didn't like what they found at the revamped wall.
The concrete hanbars which have been installed now obscure the view to the ocean at the end of the wall.
Brian Mullens, who has lived in Ballina for more than 40 years and whose great-grandfather helped build North Wall, described the wall now as a "disgraceful eyesore".
He said North Wall was one of the most picturesque spots on the Northern Rivers, but that the installation of the hanbars had ruined it.
"Those concrete blocks are absolutely awful; they are ugly," he said.
"They don't look so bad on the side of the wall, but once you get out to the end, it just looks terrible.
"It's very disappointing."
The works cost $1.5 million and were managed by the Crown Lands Division of the Department of Trade and Investment.
It involved the installation of 285 concrete hanbars.
State Member for Ballina, Don Page, said the areas of damaged, missing or slumped primary armour were repaired to ensure the breakwater continues to function as designed and to maintain public safety.
"The breakwater's primary function is improving navigation," he said.
"The protection offered by the breakwater also assists in maintaining the foreshore of Lighthouse Beach and this protects the Shaws Bay residential area behind the beach."