Anger over ‘ugly’ wall
A MAN whose great-grandfather helped build North Wall at Ballina says the wall is now a "disgraceful eyesore" and has become a "dumping ground for cement blocks".
Brian Mullens has lived in Ballina for more than 40 years.
He said North Wall was one of the most picturesque spots on the Northern Rivers, but the installation of the hanbars had ruined it.
"Those concrete blocks are absolutely awful; they are ugly," he said.
"They don't look so bad on the side of the wall, but once you get out to the end, it just looks terrible.
"It's very disappointing.
"They look like they've just been dumped there.
"I understand that the end of the wall probably needed to be reinforced. But this was not the answer."
The works cost $1.5 million and were managed by the Crown Lands Division of the Department of Trade and Investment.
It involved the installation of 285 concrete hanbars, weighing more than 2700 tonnes in total.
Mr Mullens's comments about the state of North Wall on The Northern Star's Facebook page have attracted a lot of attention.
One woman wrote: "I went for a walk out there the other day and was absolutely horrified ... as a local it saddened me to see what has come of our beautiful wall. You actually have to climb those things to see out to the ocean. Surely there could have been another way to secure our current wall?"
But another commenter said the job was necessary.
"Surely people understand that this is necessary to secure the wall," she wrote.
"Are we really at that point that people would rather something 'pretty' yet unsafe, as opposed to safe and effective ... get a grip people!"
Frank Moffett has been fishing off North Wall for more than 60 years.
He said the popular spot had been ruined..