Crown Lands prepared to lift North Wall path to restore view

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An image of the "new" North Wall at Ballina, taken by amateur photographer Tony Partridge. Tony Partridge

A PUSH for a viewing platform at the end of "ugly" North Wall at Ballina has been knocked back by Crown Lands.

The upgrade of the wall earlier this year saw large concrete blocks known as hanbars put down at the end of the wall to help stabilise the structure.

But it blocked the view out to the ocean and was met by outrage in the community.

Despite dismissing the idea of a viewing platform, Crown Lands has told the council that it will pay to raise the level of the existing path to improve sightseeing at the end of wall.

At today's council meeting, councillors will debate the Crown Lands proposal.

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Crown Lands' director of infrastructure and land management, Stephen Wills wrote to the council that the preferred solution was to "raise the crest level of the northern breakwater at Ballina".

This is estimated to cost $120,000 and, subject to council approval, work could start immediately.

However the proposed rock fill would not be designed to withstand large ocean storm swells.

"Consequently, it is likely that the rock fill will erode and disperse following ocean storm events," Mr Wills said.

"Ongoing maintenance of the crest will be required to make safe and meet community expectations."

The council is being asked to pay for that maintenance.

In the report to councillors, staff say "minor maintenance", such as removing litter and topping up gravel after washouts could be covered as part of the council's works program.

Topics:  ballina

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