Construction contractor Tony Roberts levels things up as concrete is poured during remedial work on the Crown Hotel.
Construction contractor Tony Roberts levels things up as concrete is poured during remedial work on the Crown Hotel.

Another block in the wall

By Emma Cornford

Workers who have been digging up the concrete at Prince Street outside the Crown Hotel in Grafton are strengthening the levee wall of the Clarence River.

The work is part of a six-week project which is the second stage of a plan to upgrade the levee wall between the Grafton Bowling Club and the Crown Hotel.

Clarence Valley Council floodplain services executive manager, Ian Dinham, said the organisation had received a grant to perform work on the wall.

"It will cost around $100,000 by the time it's all complete," he said.

"The grant was issued as part of the Regional Flood Mitigation Program, which is jointly funded by the State Government, Commonwealth Government and the council. Each put in a third of the funding."

Mr Dinham said the wall would be made from block, which resembled sandstone rather than concrete.

"It will certainly make it a lot more pleasing to the eye than the concrete wall which is there at the moment," he said.

He said a survey of the levee wall had indicated it was showing signs of old age and had to be upgraded.

"We did a stability study on the wall and it needed work," he said.

"So to preserve the integrity of the wall we are building that new wall there in front of (the old one)."



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