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1 April, 2021

Malanda Falls repairs delayed

After the heavy falls at the start of this year the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) made the decision to close Malanda Falls due to possible damage to the surrounding concrete at the popular swimming spot.

By Phil Brandel

Work underway at Malanda Falls last week. Photo credit Fred Thomas at EFJAY Photography

After the heavy falls at the start of this year the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) made the decision to close Malanda Falls due to possible damage to the surrounding concrete at the popular swimming spot.

At the time, a spokesperson from the TRC said that the structural assessment of the Malanda Falls swimming area was complete and that work on repairs began on Monday March 29.

“The swimming area at Malanda Falls is temporarily closed. Preliminary investigations indicate that high water levels have resulted in significant undermining of the concrete surrounds. Engineers will be conducting a more comprehensive assessment in the coming weeks and we will keep you updated on the findings and rectification plans,” a council spokesperson said.

“Even better news is that it will only take a few weeks to finish.

“The existing concrete will be cut in places and new concrete pumped into the voids. Some extra support will be provided for the cracked retaining wall and a new drain will be built next to the stairs.”

Although once work started council engineers discovered that the situation was worse than initially thought.  Council issued another statement saying that they will now have to replace (rather than repair) a section of the walkway.

“Work has stopped until we get updated engineering advice and can source the extra materials. At this stage we hope to restart work on Monday April 12,” the spokesperson said.  

TRC Councillor Dave Bilney said even though work had stopped at the swimming spot, he was hoping that it would soon be finished.

“It’s great to see that we’ve been able to get started so quickly on the repairs to the falls and I’m looking forward to seeing it all completed so visitors and locals can once again enjoy this beautiful area,” he said.

The popular swimming spot will remain closed while the repairs are taking place.


 

 


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