LIGHTHOUSE LOG: Ballina Shire Council may have to use an excavator to pull this log from Lighthouse Beach. The log washed up on the beach about two weeks ago.
LIGHTHOUSE LOG: Ballina Shire Council may have to use an excavator to pull this log from Lighthouse Beach. The log washed up on the beach about two weeks ago.

Log is a focal point

IT’S not quite the Pasha Bulka – the container ship that was beached at Newcastle during a storm in 2007 – but a log has been a focal point of the northern end of Lighthouse Beach in Ballina for nearly two weeks.

The Lighthouse Log, about 15m in length, washed up on the beach after the storms and flooding late last month.

Ballina Shire Council’s manager – open spaces and reserves, Jillian Pratten, said council staff had assessed the tree and would look at getting an excavator in to drag the log from the beach after this week’s king tides. And when they get the log from the sand, she said staff will have to then reassess how to take the large tree away.

Ms Pratten said council crews had been very busy over the past month cleaning up tree debris after the violent storm. She said kerbside collections from resident’s homes had now finished, and council crews were focusing on public reserves, parks and roadside areas around the shire.

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