Work on Iluka rock wall underway
REPAIRS to the rock wall between the Iluka Riverside Holiday Park and the Clarence River have been identified as a matter of urgency.
Council has allocated $80,000 of Clarence Coast Reserve trust funds for remedial work on the rock wall.
Environment and open spaces manager Peter Birch said a series of storms had caused the wall to slowly deteriorate over a period of time.
“It has been an on-going problem,” he said.
Mr Birch said the wall had been temporarily repaired throughout the year, but a long-term solution needed to be put in place.
“After a storm or flood we usually get subsidence, which is caused by water penetrating the rock wall and sucking out material below the ground surface causing it to slump into the holes.”
Iluka Riverside Tourist Park worker Rhonda Breadfield said the rock wall had become dangerous, causing the park to lose trade during busy peak seasons.
“We had to close down all of our unpowered tent sites along the rock wall because the area was too dangerous,” she said.
“Council put up barricades that caused a lot of customer complaints because they couldn’t access the water, but we haven’t lost any Christmas trade because the repairs should be completed by then.”
Council acknowledged the wall currently had a negative impact on the waterfront sites and attraction was considerably diminished when access to the water was limited by hazard tape and warning signs.
Works on the wall have begun and are expected to be completed by Christmas.