The Bangalow Weir remediation is getting closer with the delivery of rocks this week.
The rocks have been donated and are being stockpiled at the site whilst design drawings and environmental approvals are finalised.
Byron Shire Council’s infrastructure services director Phil Holloway said the latest concept drawing of the remediation works has also recently been completed.
‘In working with the community we are proposing to keep key elements of the Bangalow Weir such as old swimming platform, and use the rocks to reinforce the side walls and create rock pools that support fish habitat’ Mr Holloway said.
Mayor Simon Richardson said the Bangalow Weir has strong heritage, social and environmental values and the local community is understandably very connected and passionate about the site.
‘It’s well recorded as being a focal point for Bangalow locals. It’s a place that many have swum, picnicked or even married.
‘The challenge has been how we maintain the cultural and environmental needs of the failing piece of infrastructure to ensure its longevity for many more years for the community to enjoy.
‘The concept design encourages locals and visitors to be part of the past and connect with the natural environment. We’re keen to hear what the community thinks,’ he said.
Mayor Richardson also thanked Bangalow Parklands for their ongoing support and a local building project for the donated rocks.
‘Bangalow has a strong sense of community and it is very rewarding when Council is able to partner with a local group to deliver a positive community outcome,’ Cr Richardson said.
Landscape drawings of the proposed works will be on display at a community information session held by the Bangalow Parklands Team on Sunday 22 March 2015, 2.30-4pm, All Souls Anglican Church Hall.
The day is also the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Bangalow creek swimming pool.
As well as sharing a giant birthday cake for the weir, the occasion will provide an opportunity for the Bangalow community to be updated on progress regarding repairs to the weir wall and the evolving plans for the bandstand.
A slide show of the weir through the ages will be shown and there will be a display of the current masterplan for the Parklands, including various elements which will emerge over time.
Mr Holloway said once all approvals have been received, council will source additional grant funding to supplement the $60,000 already allocated to the project.