Alex Antonious of Sydney and Darren Michelle of Yamba avoid the exposed rocks on the Turners Breakwater at Yamba.
Alex Antonious of Sydney and Darren Michelle of Yamba avoid the exposed rocks on the Turners Breakwater at Yamba.

Yamba icon in need of repair

By ADRIAN MILLER

AS IT stretches nearly a kilometre out to sea to provide the perfect viewing platform to watch dolphins, whales and surfers, the Turners Beach Breakwater is one of Yamba's icons.

And so, as it slowly became more and more dilapidated, one frequent user lamented the fact it was no longer an easy and enjoyable walk or ride along it.

Yamba resident Bruce Roberts, who enjoys a stroll along the wall every morning, said certain sections of the wall made for hard going.

"There's probably a couple of hundred metres were it's the proverbial rock road, like a dog track," he said.

"And you've got people using it now, which is marvellous, but with everyone using it at the moment if you stand to the left to let a cyclist pass you end up on the rocks. And we know what will happen if that keeps happening."

Mr Roberts said he hoped it was repaired sooner rather than later.

"To me it's one of the most majestic views in the world. It's got to be repaired because of what it is and what it means to the people who come here," he said.

I just don't want to see it get to a point were people get injured while walking along it."

Luckily for Mr Roberts, and many others, it seems the wheels are already in motion for its repair.

The NSW Department of Lands has called for tenders for maintenance work to be carried out on the wall and it should be repaired very shortly.

"The department has called tenders, which close Tuesday, December 6," a spokesperson from the Lands Department said. Work will commence the following week and will take two to three days to complete."

Mr Roberts couldn't be happier with news of the repairs.



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