22.1 C
Byron Shire
May 16, 2022

Bangalow Weir repairs to finally go ahead

Latest News

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...

Other News

No Mr Morrison, we are not ‘confused’ or ‘misguided’

The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has spent much of the election campaign telling the people of Australia that a vote for a small party or an independent is a wasted vote. Or that a vote for a small party or an independent is a vote for instability.

Byron design

Many years ago I toyed with the idea of starting an annual ‘Fugly Architectural Design Awards Byron Inc’, but...

Knitting Nannas say ‘Vote 1 our Planet!’

The Knitting Nannas Against Gas and Greed visited the Lismore pre-poll yesterday at Southern Cross University to spread a very important message.

Emergency housing at Wollongbar getting close

Temporary housing for flood-affected people is almost ready for the first occupants at Wollongbar, near Alstonville, in Ballina Shire.

Local tennis players serve up success

By Ross Kendall Junior tennis players from Mullumbimby and Byron Bay have collected impressive results at the Tweed Heads Open...

Work repairing landslips on Tweed’s Scenic Drive won’t start before June

Geotechnical assessments have now been completed for the two landslips near Simpson Drive and Warringa Drive on Scenic Drive at Bilambil Heights.

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

Releasing the chokehold on Australia’s water

What the trading of 40 gigalitres of water from the Barmah Choke means for the Murray Darling Basin.

COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

‘Unprecedented’ but not unpredicted – we are now suffering from our failure to listen to scientists’ predictions of the impacts of climate change 30...

As Australians head into another election season just as many parts of the east coast are recovering from ‘unprecedented’ flooding since February, and the national psyche is still reeling from the trauma of the ‘unprecedented’ Black Summer bushfires before that, it is critical now more than ever to vote according to your environmental conscience and fear for the future.

2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.