13 C
Byron Shire
July 14, 2024

Bangalow Weir repairs to finally go ahead

Latest News

While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

Other News


I have lived in Byron Shire most of my life and my family, my children and I highly value...

Mullum Rotary celebrates 75

On Saturday, June 22, Mullumbimby Rotary celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Cartoon of the week – July 10, 2024

Letters to the editor The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that...

Byron Writers Festival 2024: Bruce Pascoe Q&A

Byron Writers Festival guests Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood’s book Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra is a personal and beautiful reflection on life, Country and the consequences of Dark Emu through six seasons on their farm. Here Bruce Pascoe answers some questions about the experience.

Byron’s foreshore

‘How could the foreshore be improved’? asks Byron Council. Simple. Incorporate natural and hybrid infrastructure into coastal policy and...

Day 4 of Skullcandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head

On the fourth day of competition at Lennox Head, Skullcandy Oz Grom Open age division competitors welcomed a change in conditions as light cross-shore winds coincided with mellow three-foot waves.

Artist's impression of the remodelled Bangalow Weir.
Artist’s impression of the remodelled Bangalow Weir.

Since January 2012, the town of Bangalow has been steadfastly standing by its failing weir.

That community spirit has finally paid off, with the announcement by Byron Shire Council this week that the remediation works are finally set to start thanks to $100,000 funding support from the state government’s NSW Environmental Trust

Byron Shire Council will also provide an additional $50,000 towards the works.

It’s a far cry from a community meeting held back on January 20, 2012, when council staff were booed after they told the audience their weir would be demolished because it would cost $1 million to fix.

A fishway alone was said to be going to cost $500,000.

At that time local structural engineer Tony Baggio demonstrated a straightforward plan to repair the existing weir using rock-filled wire baskets, which he said would ‘cost less than $50,000’.

Mr Baggio’s plan was subsequently rejected by council but the Bangalow Parklands Group was formed to support the repair of the weir.

In March 2013, council voted down a staff recommendation to demolish the weir, following the delivery of yet another report, this time by WBM, which put the cost of a minimal fix at around $290,000.

By mid last year there was finally a plan everyone could sign up to. Then it was only a question of money.

The works are estimated to start within the next three months, once the contracts have been awarded for the civil and landscaping works.

Christobel Munsen from the Bangalow Parkland Group has excitedly welcomed the announcement.

‘The community of Bangalow greatly values its existing open space and Parklands,’ she said.

‘So our team is absolutely delighted that the last five years of nagging, cajoling, badgering, and generally working hard behind the scenes to find a way to fix the historic disintegrating weir wall, have had this excellent result, and that the end is in sight.

‘Along the way, a genuine collaborative spirit of cooperation with Council has developed, which we have greatly appreciated.

‘There will be great celebrations in Bangalow when this work is completed, and once again, our community can enjoy the weir facility in its new, updated and stabilised form,’ she said.

Byron mayor Simon Richardson said concept drawing and engineering plans of the remediation works was completed last year.

‘In working with the community the design kept key elements of the Bangalow Weir such as old swimming platform, and will use the rocks to reinforce the side walls and create rock pools that support fish habitat and the local platypus population.

‘The Bangalow Weir has wonderful heritage, social and environmental values and the local community is understandably very connected and passionate about the site.

‘It’s long been 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 a failing piece of infrastructure to ensure its longevity for many more years for the community to enjoy.

‘The new design encourages locals and visitors to be part of the past and connect with the natural environment,’ he said.

Ironically, the National Party last week announced $250,000 in federal funding towards the weir should it be returned to office. Despite the five-year wait, that money may now come too late, if at all.



Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. “How high’s the water Mumma? Five foot high and rising” once sang Johnny Cash.
    Bang on, because the water was low in Bangalow, but now there is brand new money in cash to funnel water under the bridge for a rising population.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

A self-hating Jew

A self-hating Jew means ‘antisemite’. David Heilpern’s 3 July article was underpinned with lies, and hateful sentiments toward one group of Australians: the Jewish...

Losing town water access

I grew up and live in Mullumbimby, and I know locals have a strong opinion about the Byron Shire Council. I had always given...

Lavertys Gap history

The Lavertys Gap hydro power station was installed in 1919. In 1939, during the Great Depression, people had no money, and Council decided to...

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore.