Clarence Valley Council will do a condition assessment of the old Harwood wharf before deciding if it will be repaired or pulled down.
Clarence Valley Council will do a condition assessment of the old Harwood wharf before deciding if it will be repaired or pulled down. Rodney Stevens

Wharf is given 'moor' time

RESIDENTS of Harwood, who were concerned the old wharf near the iconic Harwood Hotel would be removed, can breathe a collective sigh of relief with council announcing the wharf is to stay - for now.

Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager Rob Donges said the council had planned to remove the wharf as it was in dire need of maintenance.

But Harwood local Mick Young said all the old locals were really angry and didn't want the wharf to go.

"All the locals and the old blokes love fishing off that wharf," he said.

"It's been through big floods for many years and survived, it's proved its worth."

Mr Smith said although a new larger pontoon has been installed nearby it only needed two yachts to moor alongside and it can't be used for fishing or by any other vessels.

After receiving submissions from concerned locals, Mr Donges said the decision to remove the wharf had been put on hold.

"It's a good example of council responding to the communities concerns," he said.

Council staff will now perform a detailed condition assessment of the wharf.

Mr Donges said condition assessment will then be looked at by the council to see if the funds for repairs are available.

Until then the wharf will remain as is.

"If council are going to pull it down I hope they don't leave it in a pile like they did with the old punt approach," Mr Young said.

"We lost a part of Harwood's history that day."


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