Contract awarded for work on North Wall

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner has announced a contract for casting concrete amour units for Ballina’s North Wall.

Member for Ballina, Don Page has welcomed the announcement, saying that the Ballina Breakwater is a vital piece of infrastructure for the Ballina community.

“The contract goes to Coffs Harbour company FJE and J Farlow Pty Ltd and the work will take four weeks to complete at a cost of $607,000,” Mr Stoner said.

“The remedial works are part of the $51 million upgrade of coastal port and river entrances the NSW Government will carry out over the next four years.

“Casting 170 concrete armour units, known as Hanbars, is the first stage in repairing the breakwater.

“The breakwater is made from rock and concrete armour units on the outside that absorb most of the sea’s energy.”

Mr Stoner said they naturally degrade over time due to the effects of waves and wind.

“The Ballina North Breakwater is very popular for recreational walkers, tourists and fishermen,” Mr Page said.   “It is expected the work will provide a safer breakwater for many years to come.”

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